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The ‘I’ dos & don’ts: Via Sollertia


If you’re thinking about popping, or hinting at, the big question, the first step is the engagement ring. Via Sollertia’s Phil Vicray talks to us about the dos and don’ts of engagement ring shopping.

 

 

Don’t: Order online from untrustworthy websites.

Do: Visit stores, like Via Sollertia, where you can physically see and try on the rings.


Don’t: Bring a big group of friends when making the final decisions around the style and shape. Too many opinions can sometimes do more harm than good.

Do: Come with your partner or a loved one who knows you well. A sense of support is always nice.


Don’t: Assume that the shop is okay with you taking photos of the rings. Like wedding dress salons, the designers often put a lot of time and effort into them; the last thing they’ll want is potentially having their design copied.

Do: Show off your ring, once given permission; it’s certainly something worth showcasing to the world.


 

Buy now, decide later: Via Sollertia


This would not be a bridal issue without paying tribute to one of our favourite bespoke creation specialists; Via Sollertia Jewellers.

 

 

The team at Via Sollertia are skilled professionals who offer amazing services to all of their customers, from finding the perfect diamond or gem for you, to custom creation and maintenance services.

While investing in the idea of a long future together with your partner is a big decision, so is the piece of jewellery that will cement that union.

The Nu Proposal is a great way to take off a little bit of that pressure.

Via Sollertia explains that “’Nu’ translates to nude in French. By proposing with the perfect diamond or gemstone you get a stripped back, stress free moment”.

Buy the diamond now and decide on the technicalities later.

For more information phone 03 366 8001 or check out their website.


 

A part of you


The team at Via Sollertia understands that the ring becomes a part of you, an extension of your essence and simply being stunningly beautiful just isn’t enough anymore. The jewellery you wear needs to embody your values of locally sourced and ethical production.

 

 

Via Sollertia hand makes rings on site, using only stones and metals whose provenance they have carefully researched to ensure their sustainable credentials.

Jewellery boxes are made in gorgeous recycled rimu, while even the finest gold dust filings are refined and re-used.

The desire for jewellery that represents the authentic self is leading to a trend for proposals without a ring.

At Via Sollertia you come in together, select your ethically sourced stones and metals, and create something perfect together.

The initial consultation establishes your style, which is then conceptualised, finalised and finished for you. Why would you go anywhere else?

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook.

Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.


 

The Bespoke Specialists


The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.

 

 

The talented team at Via Sollertia are the bespoke specialists, delivering a personal design and creation service for clients who want a unique piece of jewellery.

“We design and craft creations fully by hand – without using CAD (computer aided design) or cast and assembled design – which is the true meaning of bespoke,” says designer Clare.

There is also a stunning selection of timeless, unique pieces showcased at the store – all beautifully crafted by the on-site jeweller.

Located in the heart of the city on iconic the New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget.

“Good service is our number one priority and we’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook.

Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.


 

Undeniably precious remodels: Via Sollertia


Jewellery handed down or gifted to you is undeniably precious, but it if it doesn’t suit your style or is broken, you just won’t wear it. Think how much more meaningful it would be to wear the gems from a loved one, rather than just admire them in a drawer.

 

 

With Via Sollertia having the services of the South Island’s leading gem-setter, the perfect remodel is easy: your precious and semi-precious stones plus the metal can be redesigned into pieces you won’t want to take off.

You can browse pieces in store and in the catalogue and see what design styles jump out and the design process often sees people add to the components. The final design can be drawn up for you, while your stones and metal stay on site in the hands of a master craftsman. The finished piece will be personal, beautiful and a source of everyday joy.

 

 

Find Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street, phone 03 366 8001, or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz.

 

 


 

Jewellery to cherish: Via Sollertia


Apart from family and good health, the one thing people hold dear to their hearts is their jewellery; the thought of losing or having to part with treasured pieces would seem almost unbearable.

 

 

Via Sollertia has always understood this; they design jewellery to be cherished for a lifetime.

They oversee every commission from start to finish, and clients are assured nothing ever leaves the studio, as every piece is designed, handmade and completed in-house with a full-time jeweller onsite.

Clients can opt for either a bespoke, one-off design created specifically for them, or they can choose from Via Sollertia designs created before. Hand-selecting their own diamonds or gemstones makes the piece uniquely theirs.

It takes four weeks for a piece to be completed, so there’s plenty of time to plan that incredibly romantic overseas proposal you’ve been dreaming about.

Find Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street, phone 03 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz.

 

 

 


 

Add colour to your engagement: Via Sollertia


From emeralds and rubies to sapphires and opals, more and more couples are choosing engagement ring options beyond the traditional diamond.

 

 

“Coloured stones are really popular, such as beautiful pastel tones, as well as champagne and yellow-coloured diamonds,” says Clare from Via Sollertia. “We can source a selection of stones from local suppliers, so couples can handpick the exact stone they want before the ring is designed and crafted.”

 

 

Located in the heart of the city on iconic New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a bespoke personal design and creation service as well as a stunning selection of timeless, unique pieces – all beautifully crafted by the on-site jeweller.

For those planning a Christmas or New Year proposal, now is the time to start thinking about the design. “We like our clients to be involved in the entire process, from start to finish.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.

 


 

Designed together to last forever: Via Sollertia


Planning a surprise marriage proposal but unsure of what style of engagement ring to choose? The team at Via Sollertia Jewellery have created a way to keep the proposal a surprise, but also ensure the ring is exactly what your partner wanted – The Nu Proposal.

 

 

Nu – French for nude – means the perfect diamond or gemstone is chosen and displayed inside an eco-friendly rimu ringbox for the proposal.

The next step: bring your new fiancé into Via Sollertia on New Regent Street to create a beautiful bespoke engagement ring together, designed around the selected gemstone, says manager Clare.

“We understand the pressure of finding a ring you know your partner will love, so we wanted to make it a little easier. When the couple comes in to see us, they are involved in every step of the process, from design through to completion.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook.

Phone 03 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz. 11 New Regent Street

 


 

Bespoke eco-conscious jewellery: Via Sollertia


Via Sollertia Jewellers has been making sustainability a top priority long before it was at the forefront of customer demand.

 

 

At every stage of the jewellery-making process – literally from design right through to the final product – special care and attention is taken to ensure their footprint on the earth is as light as possible. It’s been a prominent philosophy of the independent jewellers, located at 11 New Regent St, since the beginning.

From using handmade recycled rimu in their packaging, to creating stunning bespoke designs made from re-refined New Zealand-sourced gold and fair-trade diamonds, they’ll even go one step further and hand deliver your items.

“We’re aware of our footprint on the earth, this is something we can do,” says designer Clare.  “It doesn’t leave here from design to the finished product… they’re not only beautiful, but sustainable as well. We all have to start making a difference.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.


 

Bespoke and sentimental: Via Sollertia


The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.

 

 

A bespoke ring crafted from a piece of jewellery with sentimental value is a meaningful way of re-creating something beautiful, says designer Clare of Via Sollertia. “We often have customers bring in jewellery from their great grandmother or a family member who passed away, so we can turn it into bridal jewellery or an engagement ring. It’s my favourite thing to create – I love the family story and sentimentality behind it. And there is no wastage, so it’s also an eco-conscious, sustainable option.”

Located in the heart of the city on iconic New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget. “We’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect. Throughout the creation process, they are involved every step of the way.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.