Changing Places: Diamond Design

Tina Lawson and Chris Barstow

Craftsmanship and quality are two jewellery trends that never go out of fashion, according to the owners of Diamond Design, Tina Lawson and Chris Barstow.

The couple recently moved their business from Orewa to a new showroom in Silverdale.

“There’s a lot of growth happening in Silverdale, particularly in the retail sector,” Chris says. “Eventually, Briscoes and Rebel Sport will be opposite us, which will give the store a lot of exposure. The availability of parking will also be better and it’s a more convenient location for our Auckland and North Shore customers.”

Diamond Design has been designing and manufacturing jellewery for 30 years. Every item they produce is handmade and individual.

“We don’t take shortcuts and our pieces are made to last. We don’t use anything synthetic,” Chris says.

“We have a network of national and international suppliers and contacts, so we can guarantee our clients top quality, ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones at competitive prices.

“Everything we manufacture comes with a lifetime workmanship guarantee.”

Prices range from around $1000 to $40,000, but most pieces sell for an average of $5000 to $6000. Chris says he has been asked to make some interesting pieces over the years including a gold crown and several tiaras.

Tina says while some styles such as the three stone rings are classic, a lot of younger customers are looking for something “a bit different”. She says white gold is particularly popular at the moment.

The store offers a free consultation service where customers can talk to a jeweller about what they have in mind. This normally results in a sketch and then a quote.

Re-purposing and restoring existing jewellery is common.

Diamond Design can also handle insurance claims, which can result in the customer getting an exact replica of the item lost or a new item of the same value.

“When you talk to a qualified jeweller, you have choices and you know that at the end of the process, the finished piece will be unique.”

The store also carries a comprehensive range of rings for men and women, pendants, Tahitian pearls and earrings.



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