Columnists Diana Jarrett

Diana Jarrett

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 jewels Victoria wore to her balls. The popularity of this romantic film has drawn revitalized attention to the elaborate jewelry styles portrayed in this visually rich period film.

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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

With the hubbub over fancy colored diamonds lately, it seems like there are more of them available than nature actually produces. Celebrities and auctions have played a m...

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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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The Story Behind the Stone: And the winner is... Moonstone!

The Story Behind the Stone: And the winner is... Moonstone!

Every year armchair designers and the real deal who labor hunched over a jeweler’s bench eagerly await the results of the annual AGTA Spectrum Awards competition. Sure ...

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