Columnists Diana Jarrett

Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Inside the Appraisers Lab

The Story Behind the Stone: Inside the Appraisers Lab

Everyone loves to daydream over beautiful jewelry store displays, catching a glimpse of baubles they’d otherwise never see - or even dream of owning. However for top notch jewelry appraisers, viewing beautiful jewels is the norm rather than the exception.

Charles Carmona of Los Angeles is one of a handful of distinguished jewelry appraisers who has pretty much seen it all in his nearly 30 year career. Ever wonder what comes across the desk of such an expert? And having seen so many magnificent creations, does he still favor certain gemstones?

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The Story Behind the Stone: Precious little

The Story Behind the Stone: Precious littleShoppers at Tucson GemFair and other trade shows this year gave us a glimpse into where the market may be headed by resourceful merchants aiming to offset sluggish sales....

The Story Behind the Stone: Heavenly Stars

The Story Behind the Stone: Heavenly StarsSavvy collectors often turn heavenward for inspiration with their jewelry collections:

Inspiration - the motivational word for designers and jewelers means looking outward...

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The Story Behind the Stone: The legacy of Emeralds

The Story Behind the Stone: The legacy of EmeraldsSome gems came into popularity with the advent of global travel via the Grand Tours of the mid nineteenth century. And the ferocious interest in past cultures such as anc...

The Story Behind the Stone: What one man decides

The Story Behind the Stone: What one man decides

The power of one - an over used phrase perhaps, but one which demands we quash all devotion to obstacles about why something can't be accomplished all by ourselves.


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

The Story Behind the Stone: Inside the designer’s mindEvery jewelry designer started somewhere - but they don't always have the same starting point. They come from myriad life experiences, and disciplines. Their source of in...
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The Story Behind the Stone: Sweet Sky - Blue Stone

The Story Behind the Stone: Sweet Sky - Blue StoneGone are the days of finding the ancient turquoise stone solely mounted in a ubiquitous piece of Navajo jewelry - but you knew that. However, many modern jewelry lovers g...
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The Story Behind the Stone: Tucson treasures

The Story Behind the Stone: Tucson treasures

A slow show - yes, a sign of the times, to be sure. Tucson's many gem and mineral shows bore the evidence of a jittery state of affairs, not just here in the US, but worl...

The Story Behind the Stone: Bould’ Over

The Story Behind the Stone: Bould’ Over

Countless gemstoneshave varieties or sub-sets which can subtly or dramatically differentiate each stones' appearance from one another; yet their basic chemical makeup rem...

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