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Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Black & Right

Seasoned diamond collectors have long known what the majority of consumers are beginning to realize. Diamonds come in colors. Of course colorless or ‘white’ diamonds are composed of carbon. Natural color diamonds occur when trace elements are introduced in their formative stage.

One of the more upscale ‘color’ diamond choices today is black, which technically is not really a color, is it? Microscopic elements within the crystal lend a deep lustrous black tone to the stone. Scientists tell us that black diamonds are likely the oldest diamonds in existence. They are thought to result from a meteoric impact on earth some 3 billion years ago. But it’s their glamorous mystique that draws jewelry lovers to the black beauties.


The Story Behind the Stone: Hunting for Padparadscha

Ever wonder what gemstone dealers chat about in private? We caught up with Niveet Nagpal, president of OMI Privé recently who scours the globe in search of the best in precious gemstones. We focused on a luscious pinkish-orange sapphire from exotic locales like Sri Lanka and Madagascar and whose name, Padparadscha means lotus blossom in Sinhalese. Listen in.

The Story Behind the Stone: Hi-Yo Silver!

Women are doing more than adorning themselves with jewelry these days; they make choices that hint to their jewelry-savvy. Lately, their alluring baubles can tell much about the women flaunting them. For instance, prominent ear pendants are worn by fashionistas of all ages now. Casual or couture, these once thought daring ear bobs are the perfect choice to complete a day to evening look.

The Story Behind the Stone: What’s so precious about platinum?

 

Long discovered, but only popular for jewelry since the 20th century, platinum is the pinnacle of precious metals chosen for top-tier jewels worldwide. Beside the soft patina that emerges from normal wear of this white metal, there are lots of things you may not know about this lustrous choice.

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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