Columnists Diana Jarrett

Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Tempting with topaz

The Story Behind the Stone: Tempting with topaz

Perennially favored, blue is a universally adored gemstone hue. It brings to mind the open skies as well as pristine seas. No wonder cruise line passengers and others gravitate to it on their jewelry shopping excursions.

The short list for desirability in all colored stones with serious collectors includes hardness and its ability to produce an outstanding brilliance. The priciest blue hued stones include sapphire, spinel, diamonds with or without heat treatment, and tanzanite.

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The Story Behind the Stone: East meets West in a clever turn

The Story Behind the Stone: East meets West in a clever turn

An eye-shaped gemstone, known as the Marquise cut, is not a new stone shape. In fact, it is thought to owe its delightful silhouette to Madame de Pompadour, the mistress ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Inside the artist’s mind

The Story Behind the Stone: Inside the artist’s mind

Collectors of designer jewelry are attracted to the distinct appeal of an item, the quality of its manufacture and very often the story behind the piece. Expert retailers...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Jewelry for art’s sake

The Story Behind the Stone: Jewelry for art’s sake

Jewelers are always assessing and reassessing who their consumer is - and what demographic does their product line actually appeal to? Shopper’s tastes and buying habit...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Mint condition

The Story Behind the Stone: Mint condition

Green beryl is called emerald. Or is it? An online search of green beryl -v- emerald will yield as many potential answers as search results itself. The naturally verdant ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Mines and Minerals

The Story Behind the Stone: Mines and Minerals

The arid and austere landscape making up so much of the state of Arizona is host to some of the most sought after gem minerals anywhere. Historically, their discovery and...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Pillow Talk - The art of the cushion cut

The Story Behind the Stone: Pillow Talk - The art of the cushion cut

Cushion cut diamond earrings grace the red carpets often and are popular with the Hollywood crowd. Diamonds are always the right choice for stylish events, but celebritie...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Something old, something new, something fabulous... something blue

The Story Behind the Stone: Something old, something new, something fabulous... something blue

Bridal wear is pretty predictable stuff. Pure white diamonds, demure pearls, that’s about it. But Yael Designs saw a way to infuse just the right touch of color, bringi...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Pretty Prehnite

The Story Behind the Stone: Pretty Prehnite

Jewelry collectors are an adventurous lot today - boldly going where no gemstone fan ventured before. Sure you can pick up amethyst or citrine. They are glittery specimen...

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