From “popping the question” to marking a milestone anniversary, helping clients create a bespoke piece of jewellery that stands the test of time is what newly opened Cairns business, The Diamond Hunter, specialises in.
After growing up on a banana farm near Innisfail before moving to Brisbane for university, owner Christina Duddy has returned to northern climes with her own family and is excited at what opportunity lies ahead in the Far North after years of living away.
As her business name suggests, Christina is a long-time diamond enthusiast, who six years ago, undertook certification from the universally renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and took her passion to the next level, launching a concierge service in creating custom-made pieces of predominantly diamond jewellery.
From her then home on the family property in Goondiwindi, Christina established The Diamond Hunter in response to a gap in the market for people wanting a bespoke diamond ring but not knowing where to start.
“Without even trying I became the go-to-gal for friends who were on the brink of becoming engaged,” Christina said.
Christina likens the service she offers to “hand holding” and laughs that she is fast becoming known as “man’s best friend”.
“Creating a piece of jewellery for someone you love is very personal but also very daunting. What I do is turn the entire process, from sourcing the right diamond to creating a stunning piece, into a pleasurable and memorable experience.
“It is all about sitting down and listening to the client and working together to navigate the ring buying process without worry or stress.
“I find that many clients are challenged from the start because they don’t know what they are looking for in a diamond. Being able to share my knowledge and provide as little or as much information as possible is all part of the service,” she said.
The Diamond Hunter has a beautiful new showroom that is now open at Shop 15 Village, Cairns. To make an appointment or view a range of jewellery available on the e-store, visit thediamondhunter.com.au.
A small range of diamond jewellery is also available at The Diamond Hunter’s Village Lane studio to view and with Christmas fast approaching, it would make the perfect gift.