Columnists Diana Jarrett

Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Just like you found it

The Story Behind the Stone: Just like you found it

Not every gem mineral was found thousands of years ago like shimmering opal or vibrant ruby. Dioptase was first found serendipitously in the 18th century by copper miners who thought they had struck the lotto with a new emerald site in far away Kazakhstan. Keep in mind that gem mineral separation did not become an iron-clad science until the early part of the 20th century.

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The Story Behind the Stone: Making this perfectly clear - opaque is a good thing

The Story Behind the Stone: Making this perfectly clear - opaque is a good thing

Rubies are sought after for their beauty, but also for their rarity and the difficulty in recovering them from their deposits. Natural ruby is found from opaque to almost...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Coming up green

The Story Behind the Stone: Coming up green

Color trends forecaster Pantone Color Institute proclaimed 2013 to be the year of a verdant lush green called Emerald Radiant. Look for the vibrant hue to influence purch...

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The Story Behind the Stone: How they’re buying now

The Story Behind the Stone: How they’re buying now

Retailers and e-tailers must navigate through often confusing and evolving shoppers’ trending patterns nowadays to strategize how to make a sale. Once you think you’v...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Sliced, Asymmetrical and Adored

The Story Behind the Stone: Sliced, Asymmetrical and Adored

Riding the wave of fervent obsession with diamond slices, colorful gemstone slices and asymmetrical shapes have now found their way into pricey couture goods. There is no...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Glisten to me

The Story Behind the Stone: Glisten to me

High gold prices have ramped up the ingenuity of jewelers who intend to stay in the game for the long haul. It’s highly unlikely we’ll see triple digit gold prices ag...

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The Story Behind the Stone: A brief history of the power cuff

The Story Behind the Stone: A brief history of the power cuff

A generation of women who came of age in the 1970s knew how to rock Wonder Woman’s iconic stance with crossed wrists ready to deflect bullets - all the while wearing so...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Can you say Chrysophrase?

The Story Behind the Stone: Can you say Chrysophrase?

Chrysophrase; oh sure, that’s easy for you to say. But can you spell it? That’s where many a jeweler trips up. Spelled chrysoprase, chrysophrase or chrysoprasus, this...

The Story Behind the Stone - The Geology of Glamour

The Story Behind the Stone - The Geology of Glamour

Highly traditional jewelry has given way to a preference for the individualized look amongst today’s jewelry collectors. One-offs from big name designers are the rarifi...

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