Columnists Diana Jarrett

Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Real cut ups!

The Story Behind the Stone: Real cut ups!

Artists have been cutting into gemstones of all kinds for eons. And they’ve used the widest array of gemstones imaginable for displaying their artistic prowess. When the gemstone is composed of several colored layers, its all the better. A multi-layered stone allows the skillful artisan to portray a sense of depth into the carving. For this type of dimensional work, natural conch shells and agate work best. But daring designers have also used onyx, malachite and black opal for years. Cameos in these stones pop up regularly for sale with top auctioneers.

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The Story Behind the Stone: Online and up to speed for jewelers

The Story Behind the Stone: Online and up to speed for jewelers

Jewelers, designers and suppliers have made strides in understanding what’s in it for them by utilizing the Internet to promote their brand and capture an over-schedule...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Tanzanite still makes a big splash

The Story Behind the Stone: Tanzanite still makes a big splash

Since its debut in the latter part of the 20th century, the luscious blue-violet Tanzanite gem steadily gained momentum with ardent fans who understood the value of its o...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Digging deep into aquamarine

The Story Behind the Stone: Digging deep into aquamarine

Limpid aquamarine bedazzles legions of devotees. Its cool sea foam refreshes the eye and inspires a sense of wonder in designers. Aqua’s ethereal greenish blue is a mod...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Some quartz offers more than surface attraction

The Story Behind the Stone: Some quartz offers more than surface attraction

Quartz is the most plentiful substance on earth. You may have a microscopic speck of it in your eye right now! That’s what that itch is. But it also grows in massive cr...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Oh Victoria!

The Story Behind the Stone: Oh Victoria!

Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Costume Design went to The Young Queen Victoria’s designer Sandy Powell. Historical movie buffs had a ball with the gowns and ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Kasumiga Pearls - nearly extinct before they’re famous

The Story Behind the Stone: Kasumiga Pearls - nearly extinct before they’re famous

Avid consumer demand for all kinds of pearl jewelry has propelled pearl farmers to develop ever new pearl varieties from numerous mollusks in fresh and saltwater around t...

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The Story Behind the Stone: A look inside Emeralds

The Story Behind the Stone: A look inside Emeralds

Emeralds are so prone to natural inclusions, or jardin as experts call them, that a flawless green emerald is looked upon with suspicion. While the branch-like fractures ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Big Orange

The Story Behind the Stone: Big Orange

ed diamonds lately, it seems like there are more of them available than nature actually produces. Celebrities and auctions have played a major role in developing public a...

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