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Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Unusual Cravings

Nothing drives demand more than something that’s unavailable.

It’s certainly a true statement in the jewelry and gemstone sector. Colored stone supplies are often at the mercy of local politics, or sometimes driven simply by an inability to reach the source. Earthquakes, landslips and other natural occurrences can unsettle a region for decades.

The Story Behind the Stone: Amber waves

Jarrett blueGenuine blue amber rough from Dominican Republic. Photo WikipediaWe create jewelry out of so many natural elements. Besides diamonds and colored stones, we also like pearls. We like shell. We like it all, including amber.

The Story Behind the Stone: Lines Crossed

Jarrett rubyThe Legendary DeLong Star Ruby. Credit Wikipedia.It was a sultry Indian-summer evening in Manhattan. The year, 1964. People on most of the city’s churning streets were focused on getting to or from somewhere. But on the upper west side, near Central Park West and West 79th St., the pace was slower, the vibe more subdued. Mostly residential, this part of town lacked the bustling bars and clubs responsible for the city’s cacophony and non-stop foot traffic. An out-of-place white Cadillac with Florida plates circled the block around the American Museum of Natural History, now closed. This was the get-away car for a brazen caper inside the museum which a gang of Miami beach-bums were successfully pulling off.

The Story Behind the Stone: Tales from the dop

Jarrett tourmaline 8 13Tourmaline crystal on the dop; Credit Diana Jarrett.Unless we’ve been hanging around a polishing wheel for some time, many of us in the trade aren’t all that familiar with a dop. This critical tool is an essential part of polishing diamonds and gemstones. Dopping is the skill of attaching a rough crystal to a dop stick so it can be positioned over the cutting wheel.

The Story Behind the Stone: Table for 33, please!

The genesis for what now is the modern periodic table of elements was established by wealthy French nobleman Antoine Lavoisier in 1789. A brilliant man, he was widely acknowledged as the father of modern chemistry. In the latter 18th century, Lavoisier published his list of 33 chemical elements.

The Story Behind the Stone: Chalcedony’s Time

It’s day has come. Chalcedony, a general name for a group of quartz minerals is finding its place amongst some stellar stones these days. It has always been a beautiful gem, but is now coming into its own as an intriguing semi-opaque gemstone material. When it’s blue, the attention ratchets up further.