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Watches – What Does “Water Resistance” Mean?

The term “water resistance" is often confused with waterproof”. The International Organization for Standardization issued a standard for water resistant watches which also prohibits the term "waterproof" to be used with watches.


Diamonds – The Ultimate Treasure from Nature

Diamonds have always been a girl’s best friend and have always had a unique place in peoples’ hearts and minds. A diamond represents a significant moment in a person’s life and it is therefore vital to ensure that the integrity of the diamond is as exceptional as the moment, commitment or love that it represents.


Aquamarine — the Sea Gem, the Stone of Eternal Youth and Joy!

From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colours. Aquamarine is a fascinatingly beautiful gemstone.


6 things you should know before buying pearl jewellery

A cultured pearl is created by inserting a bead into the bed of soft tissue inside the oyster. Over a period of years, it develops layers of nacre (a kind of inner shell) within the oyster. The thickness and quality of the nacre dictates the shape and symmetry of the pearl. The more regular and round the pearl is, the greater its value. This said, the beauty of pearls lies in their uniqueness.


How to buy Diamonds for Investment

Over the longer term diamond prices have consistently increased, so many people have considered them as an investment. When it comes to buying a stone for investment, the secret is in the planning. Here are 7 things you need to consider before you purchase.   1. Buy a piece you like Ask yourself, are you buying primarily for investment or personal pleasure? If the answer is investment, it’s important to note that this will be more long term. You will need to wait 5-10 years to capitalise on reselling. Diamonds are not the kind of investment that earns you an income.


Tanzanite - a one generation gem stone

The story of Tanzanite gem stones is intriguing, a romantic journey which is playing out right in front of our eyes, right now! It has grown exponentially in popularity because of its stunning blue-purple colour and increasingly understood scarcity.



What is an aftermarket watch ?

At First State Auctions we sell new and pre-owned watches, all in very good to excellent condition. We only sell watches where ALL parts are original to the brand. Sometimes you might see other companies selling “aftermarket” watches. What does this mean?