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Diana Jarrett

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 remains the same.


Take opal for instance. This amorphous mineral species lists thirty-six varieties in the venerated "Gem Reference Guide," produced by Gemological Institute of America (GIA), used for reference in their colored gemstone program. Thirty-six, that's an impressive line-up for any gemstone.

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The Story Behind the Stone: Customer -v- Collector

The Story Behind the Stone: Customer -v- Collector

What's wrong with consuming? Nothing, if it brings genuine pleasure to the individual and that person buys within their means. When it comes to jewelry, collecting would ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Still going green - the Zultanite way

The Story Behind the Stone: Still going green - the Zultanite way

What if you could actually have it all - you could offer a gemstone that is rare, gorgeous, untreated, and with a naturally occurring color-change phenomenon? On top of t...

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The Story Behind the Stone - Cameo appearance

The Story Behind the Stone - Cameo appearance

OK. Let's make a quick word connection - think cameo . ‘Grandma' is your answer? Try again. The ancient art of cameo making, old as it is, has undergone a sensational mak...

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Analyzing the aftermath - the JADE Act

Analyzing the aftermath - the JADE Act

Embargo on gemstones originating from Myanmar, formerly Burma is nothing new. But the backlash, and divisive commentary in the wake of the latest officially implemented b...

Getting it write

So what do you want to know? That may be the knee jerk response you give to someone coming into your business asking if you can "tell them a little bit more about _____" ...
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