Islington Christmas Block Party to be held on Thursday, December 7

Islington has been dubbed “the heart of Newcastle”.

“So far just by me, but I feel like this is really going to catch on,” said Geordie Malone, of the suburb’s leather and vintage store Hide and Seeker.

The suburb will host the Islington Christmas Block Party on Thursday.

The event's Facebook page said the party will “kick off the festive season Iso-style”.

Here’s Chris Johnston, from Suspension Espresso: “Imagine Santa is about to deliver the presents, discovers that the sleigh is broken, finds an old broken down Valiant on the streets of Islington and uses that to deliver the presents. That is Iso Block Party”.

Geordie said there was “a lot of Iso-pride among the locals”.

“That seems to create a welcoming and friendly feel to the place,” he said.

Islington’s shops and cafes “put a lot of effort into their products and offer a lot of stuff that is original and unique”. [Nice marketing there, Geordie].

“There’s stuff that has been handcrafted by the person you’re buying it from, treasures that have been hunted down by top-shelf treasure hunters, cool ethically-sourced gifts, vintage clothes, vinyl, furniture and homewares,” he said.

You’ll also find quality coffee, food and “rad haircuts”.

“You can get Christmas sorted, support local businesses and never even have to go inside a crazy, busy mall,” he said.

Throw in a singing Santa, a “better than average sausage sizzle”, face painting, live music, street food, vegan food tasting and pin the tail on the reindeer and you’ve got yourself a block party.

The event runs from 4pm to 8pm.

Diamond Life

For one hour only on Thursday night, the Heart of the Pacific Diamond Collection will be publicly displayed at Simon Curwood Jewellers at Charlestown Square from 6pm.

Bling: The ring from the Heart of the Pacific Diamond Collection.

Bling: The ring from the Heart of the Pacific Diamond Collection.

The 21.8-carat diamond set includes a designer ring, necklace and drop earrings.

Simon Curwood said the designer and owners were inspired by the waves of the Pacific Ocean on their honeymoon.

“They wanted to create a piece that represented their love,” Simon said.

Now the jewellery is for sale for $119,000.

The owners’ identities are confidential. 

Aside from the public display, the set will be kept in a secure location and available for private viewing throughout December.

 Drop earrings from the Heart of the Pacific Diamond Collection.

Drop earrings from the Heart of the Pacific Diamond Collection.

Diamonds represent love, passion and brilliance, Simon said.

“Diamonds take hundreds of millions of years to form and are extremely rare. Each one is one of a kind and sparkles in the light, much like the love of a soul mate. [That’s some nice marketing there, Simon].

“There is a unique diamond to suit every relationship.” [Again, sharp marketing].

Simon says he has “the best job in the world” because he gets to help people select precious gems and jewellery to represent “special moments in life”.

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The necklace from the Heart of the Pacific Diamond Collection.

The necklace from the Heart of the Pacific Diamond Collection.