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Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Beryl of Sunshine

Beryl, a celebrated and ancient gem species counts emerald, aquamarine and the delicate pinky-peach morganite in its lineup. There’s also the elusive red bixbite, the priciest one, and an extremely rare jewel to boot. But one captivating variety hasn’t been around for eons. Early in the 20th century, German miners in Namibia digging for aquamarine happened upon a rich beryl pocket that exposed stunning saturated golden crystals. Previously unknown, they’d discovered yellow beryl. After the initial unearthing, yellow beryl deposits found elsewhere produced crystals in warm orange-ish shades or with a slightly greenish back color that would expand the new gemstone cache.

The Story Behind the Stone: What’s shape got to do with it?

Jarrett Sept earsSometimes the story is all about the stone. Sometimes it’s all about the designer. But this time we bring you a designer who is working with a fusion of Edwardian era motifs interpreted for the very modern lady. The result is a completely new shape of jewelry that is at once appealing but with a surprising twist.

How many dangling pendant ear bobs can a woman wear? There is something infinitely appealing about the clip style earring. Its profile hugs the curves of the ear and in the transaction create sparkling bookend style high-drama for the lady. There is no other earring form with that potential to optimize the light reflecting sparkle aimed back towards the cheeks and chin like this particular shape.

The Story Behind the Stone: Such a deal

Jarrett pitReal estate listings are everywhere you look. That means you can expect some odd-ball properties to come onto market from time to time if you look long and far enough. Here’s one you may not have seen coming. We’ve never seen this come on the market before.

125 Year Old Property

A recent Financial Times (ft.com) headline read: De Beers to sell legendary Kimberley Mines. Readers learn that it is “set to end more than 125 years of diamond mining history.” The offering details the unloading of an iconic kingpin responsible for more than a century of mining and trading at that location, the Kimberley Mine.

The Story Behind the Stone: The Little Black Stone

Jarrett black dia JulyBlack diamonds are on an upward course after years of being a misunderstood stone - or even worse, thought of as a manufactured gem. Still, mainstream consumers know little about this fascinating jewel. Fortunately, their rich story can fuel public interest and provide jewelers with fodder to tempt their customers with this monochromatic nugget.

Various global deposits have produced black diamonds although not all were destined for the jeweler’s bench. Diamond mining’s glory days in Brazil’s 19th century and later in South Africa exposed awesome specimens that intrigued diamond aficionados. The treasures were quickly spirited away into private collections. Unattractive blackish rough that could not be successfully polished for jewelry was routinely classified as industrial-use carbonado.

The Story Behind the Stone: Vintage cut diamonds find a new fan base

Old Miners, Euros, Single Cuts, Rose Cuts and more...

Today in our era of hyper-personalized jewelry, it’s seems a bit counter intuitive to learn that antique and vintage jewels are more popular than ever. Once a consumer grasps the fact that most of these early pieces are indeed one of a kind, then respect is earned and the consumer is drawn into the experience of viewing these miniature works of art.

The Story Behind the Stone: Mine to market - opal’s colorful journey

Precious opal has been holding fans spellbound for centuries. The gemstone is unique in more ways than its kaleidoscopic appearance. This stone is a hydrated amorphous form of silica and usually contains between 6 - 10% water by weight. It’s not unheard of for specimens to have up to 20% water, either.

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