Diamonds - Precious gemstones

Buying a Quality Diamond

Mark Sokolich sources and obtains natural high grade diamonds at a competitive rate for clients, for their bridal or dress jewellery; rings, earrings and pendants.

Any shape and size of gems are available, from radiant-round brilliant, oval, assher, emerald cut, pear, triangular, princess, marquise, heart shaped.


A classic one carat, solitaire diamond ring of exceptional quality, is often high on a woman’s wish list. Classic and simple.

Mark Sokolich can obtain high quality 1 carat diamonds or larger, at a competitive price. An attractive and special setting can then be designed and made, to best showcase the brilliance of a chosen stone.

Alternatively, bridal jewellery can be crafted into classy statement pieces, using any number of smaller, brilliant, gemstones.


What is the quality of supplied Diamonds ?

The quality of diamonds is usually in the very good to excellent grades, all sizes – including larger 1 carat gems and over, for the serious investor.

Most commonly, fine white diamonds are the ideal, but other colours can be obtained, i.e. yellow, pink, blue, green and cognac colours. Pink diamonds have been recently a high fashion choice, and this upturn in popularity has lead to increasing prices, for this grade of diamond.


Diamonds and Gemstones are sourced from reputable merchants. They have a long and stable business track record in New Zealand, professional and trustworthy relationship with Mark Sokolich Design, formal associations within the NZ jewellery industry, GIA gemologist qualifications, and trade approval with leading worldwide Diamond Authorities.

Gems are supplied to GIA standards. Authenticity is proven with accompanying certificates.

Protection under New Zealand Law, including the Fair Trading Act and Consumer Guarantees Act is given by Mark Sokolich Design and his Diamond - Gemstone Merchant.

Mark Sokolich or his preferred supplier(s) do not source, sell or endorse using enhanced gemstones in any form i.e. bleached, irradiated, heat treated, fracture filled, laser treated or resin infused. Only natural gemstones are offered for sale, showing natural characteristics.

Mark Sokolich is committed to sourcing only “conflict free” traded diamonds.


How are stones sold?

A well lit, relaxed, safe environment is provided for viewing.

Flexibility, no rush, no obligation - free quotes, no interruptions, no pressure to purchase, or pressure to purchase beyond your stated budget. A certificate of authenticity will be presented in all cases with the gem.


Opportunity to view around natural light source, with a standard 10x lens magnification and white background presenting the gem as it truly is.

All qualities of the diamond are discussed- the 4 C's –cut, clarity, carat, colour, so that you are fully informed of the particular qualities of the diamond and its unique characteristics, including natural inclusions. You are assisted to purchase the brightest, most beautiful gem that fits into your specific budget and is most suitable for the intended design.

Advice can be given on economic factors when purchasing an investment diamond. This might apply when the NZ dollar fluctuates against the US dollar, for example. The final decision of when to buy, however, will always be with you.

The written quote for design and making shows very clearly metals, materials, labour, setting and diamonds all priced separately-no hidden costs. This also helps you understand clearly what you are paying for.

Finally there is time to go away and think, before committing to buy. No obligation, free quotes.

Professional, courteous, confidential service guaranteed. For an exquisite diamond, total confidence, security, and peace of mind in your purchase, contact Mark Sokolich.


Other precious and semi precious stones

Mark Sokolich can obtain many different gem varieties, in unusual shapes. Some precious and semiprecious gems may not be recommended for dress rings – too soft for day to day wear, but can instead make lovely pendants, and earrings.


Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Opal, Garnet, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Topaz, Tourmaline, Pearl, Tanzanite are some of the magnificent gem varieties available. More unusual and vivid gemstones can include Fire Opal, Tsavoraite, Malacite, Turquoise.

Some brides/grooms opt for coloured stones in their wedding jewellery. A colourful gemstone of high quality and vivid colour combined with smaller surrounding diamonds. Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are often the most popular choices.

Discuss your requirements with Mark Sokolich who can obtain fine grade coloured gems from various suppliers, in NZ, or overseas.



January Garnet  
February Amethyst  
March Aquamarine  
April Diamond  
May Emerald  
June Pearl  
July Ruby  
August Peridot  
September Sapphire  
October Opal  
November Topaz  
December Turquoise  



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Guide to Gem Colours
Presented here are some of the more popular gems in each colour division. Tone and shade vary in each group, allowing for even greater variety in matching of selecting colours.
Red ruby, garnet, carnelian, coral, tourmaline, spinel
Green emerald, peridot, jade, aventurine, chrysoprase, New Zealand greenstone, tourmaline
Blue sapphire, lapis lazuli, turquoise, aquamarine, zircon, tanzanite and topaz
Yellow topaz, tourmaline, amber, beryl, citrine, sapphire
Pink rose quartz, morganite, kunzite, tourmaline
Violet amethyst, almandite, spinel, garnet
Brown sardonyx, amber, smoky quartz, aventurine, chrysoberyl, tourmaline
Orange mandarine garnet, fire opal
White white sapphire, white zircon, moonstone, pearl
Black-grey black-grey pearl, onyx
Multicoloured NZ Paua Shell, Empress pearl




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