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The Story Behind the Stone: Black & Right

The Story Behind the Stone: Black & Right

Seasoned diamond collectors have long known what the majority of consumers are beginning to realize. Diamonds come in colors. Of course colorless or ‘white’ diamonds are composed of carbon. Natural color diamonds occur when trace elements are introduced in their formative stage.

One of the more upscale ‘color’ diamond choices today is black, which technically is not really a color, is it? Microscopic elements within the crystal lend a deep lustrous black tone to the stone. Scientists tell us that black diamonds are likely the oldest diamonds in existence. They are thought to result from a meteoric impact on earth some 3 billion years ago. But it’s their glamorous mystique that draws jewelry lovers to the black beauties.

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The Story Behind the Stone: Everyday exotics - they don’t have to know its name to love it

The Story Behind the Stone: Everyday exotics - they don’t have to know its name to love it

Could anything positive spin out of the shiver-worthy economic free-fall we endured not long ago? A few things come to mind without searching too far. In the fore is the ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Bodacious Bulgari

The Story Behind the Stone: Bodacious Bulgari

Rome’s celebrated house of Bulgari has been the go-to jeweler with jet-setting shoppers for decades. From its inception, Bulgari jewels flaunted distinctive traits that...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Oh, say can you sea?

The Story Behind the Stone: Oh, say can you sea?

We love coastal destinations for the same reasons that we flock to the Caribbean or South Seas for an occasional psychological reboot; warm sunny days and balmy nights, l...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Hunting for Padparadscha

The Story Behind the Stone: Hunting for Padparadscha

Ever wonder what gemstone dealers chat about in private? We caught up with Niveet Nagpal, president of OMI Privé recently who scours the globe in search of the best in p...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Hi-Yo Silver!

The Story Behind the Stone: Hi-Yo Silver!

Women are doing more than adorning themselves with jewelry these days; they make choices that hint to their jewelry-savvy. Lately, their alluring baubles can tell much ab...

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The Story Behind the Stone: What’s so precious about platinum?

The Story Behind the Stone: What’s so precious about platinum? 

Long discovered, but only popular for jewelry since the 20th century, platinum is the pinnacle of precious metals chosen for top-tier jewels worldwide. Beside the soft ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Just like you found it

The Story Behind the Stone: Just like you found it

Not every gem mineral was found thousands of years ago like shimmering opal or vibrant ruby. Dioptase was first found serendipitously in the 18th century by copper miners...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Making this perfectly clear - opaque is a good thing

The Story Behind the Stone: Making this perfectly clear - opaque is a good thing

Rubies are sought after for their beauty, but also for their rarity and the difficulty in recovering them from their deposits. Natural ruby is found from opaque to almost...

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