Columnists Diana Jarrett

Diana Jarrett

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 crystals weighing tons.

The varieties of quartz produced have given jewelers beautiful gems to design around for centuries. Ancient Greeks believed the purple tinted amethyst, a quartz variety, prevented drunkenness so they carved tiny goblets from it and drank to their hearts’ content.

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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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The Story Behind the Stone: Warming up to Topaz

The Story Behind the Stone: Warming up to Topaz

Clever designers and retailers looked at exotic, unknown, or under-utilized colored gems this year at Tucson ’s Gem Fair and other trade shows.

In a market re-adjusting it...

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The Story Behind the Stone: To cut or not to cut

The Story Behind the Stone: To cut or not to cut

Diamonds - either ancient ones or poorly cut modern stones are routinely re-cut to improve clarity and color. No biggie. But when it’s an historical gemstone people can...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Plumbing the depths of pearls

The Story Behind the Stone: Plumbing the depths of pearls

Are there not... two points in the adventure of the diver: One - when a beggar, he prepares to plunge? Two - when a prince, he rises with his pearl? I plunge! - Robert Bro...

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The Story Behind the Stone: The Winza Ruby: Right on time

The Story Behind the Stone: The Winza Ruby:  Right on time

Ruby gems carry a thousand years of rich history behind them. This beloved colored stone has graced crowns and regal adornment for centuries. Corundum, which is its miner...

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