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Diana Jarrett

More than just a pretty facet

Jarrett RingIt could be argued that the last decade’s economic free-fall changed peoples spending habits forever. After licking their wounds, consumers gained a more realistic grasp of the true value of a dollar. And that bodes well for jewelry aficionados. Shrewd collectors are responsible for some of the most jaw-dropping prices realized for jewelry at auction today. Because real value and rarity is the target to aim for when it comes to gemstones.

Dig This!

Jarrett ChelseaEnergetic and exploratory by nature, Chelsea Thompson, owner of Schurz, Nevada-based RockChuck, and fellow prospector John Keady have been digging around the western United States for several years. Prospector, mine owner and jewelry maker, she does it all from the ground up. You can’t argue that prospecting is glamorous, but it does score high in the thrill-of-discovery department. “We have been so amazed at the size of crystals we’ve been pulling out of the earth. They are incredible,” Thompson reports.

The Story Behind the Stone: Another source, another phenomenon

Jarrett NovemberFor bona fide gem connoisseurs, nothing compares to the hypnotic color change variety witnessed in the alexandrite stone. This rare and valuable jewel is actually a chrysoberyl that naturally changes color from daylight to candlelight. The striking and mysterious effect is infinitely repeatable. People routinely described this stone as an emerald by day and a ruby by night. The name Alexandrite (for Czar Alexander II) is a romantic nod to its original discovery in Russia’s Ural Mountains in 1830.

If that’s not enough of a light show for you, the stone occasionally produces a cat’s eye effect when cut en cabochon. Negative crystal inclusions and rutile silk account for its ability to create a cat’s eye phenomenon from a piece of alexandrite rough.

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.