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Diana Jarrett

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 some hot looking cuffs. Actually, cuffs predate popular culture. Both men and women from unrelated ancient civilizations wore some version of these wrist accessories. Beside their highly dramatic appeal, they could point to the social, religious or military status of the wearer.

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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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The Story Behind the Stone: Tempting with topaz

The Story Behind the Stone: Tempting with topaz

Perennially favored, blue is a universally adored gemstone hue. It brings to mind the open skies as well as pristine seas. No wonder cruise line passengers and others gra...

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The Story Behind the Stone: East meets West in a clever turn

The Story Behind the Stone: East meets West in a clever turn

An eye-shaped gemstone, known as the Marquise cut, is not a new stone shape. In fact, it is thought to owe its delightful silhouette to Madame de Pompadour, the mistress ...

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

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

Collectors of designer jewelry are attracted to the distinct appeal of an item, the quality of its manufacture and very often the story behind the piece. Expert retailers...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Jewelry for art’s sake

The Story Behind the Stone: Jewelry for art’s sake

Jewelers are always assessing and reassessing who their consumer is - and what demographic does their product line actually appeal to? Shopper’s tastes and buying habit...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Mint condition

The Story Behind the Stone: Mint condition

Green beryl is called emerald. Or is it? An online search of green beryl -v- emerald will yield as many potential answers as search results itself. The naturally verdant ...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Mines and Minerals

The Story Behind the Stone: Mines and Minerals

The arid and austere landscape making up so much of the state of Arizona is host to some of the most sought after gem minerals anywhere. Historically, their discovery and...

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