Emeralds are some of the most beloved gemstones in the world–especially by those whose birthdays are in May. However, richly colored, unflawed or lightly flawed emeralds are difficult to find and very expensive when they are found. So it was only natural that someone would try to do better than Mother Nature. In the 1930s, […]

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Birthstones often have swashbuckling histories, but for me, emeralds have one of the swashbuckling-est of all. Above photo: Emerald crystals, Getty Images. I always think of Spanish conquistadors, those blood-thirsty gold-hungry invaders of South America, when I think of emeralds. They terrorized the native populations, tortured, enslaved, and slaughtered them. And once they had their […]

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With almost magical hardness, limpid water-like purity, and ability to shatter light into rainbow colors, it’s hardly surprising that diamonds have attracted a wide variety of myths over the centuries. ABOVE: The Hope Diamond, a large, 45.52-carat (9.104 g), deep-blue diamond. Dated 2014 (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) One of the great […]

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The Japanese phrase “wabi-sabi” describes finding the perfection in imperfection. It has usually been applied to crafts such as ceramics, textiles, and jewelry. In the diamond world, you can’t get much more imperfectly perfect than black, rough, or included diamonds. If diamonds are your birthstone, what better way to tell the world that you, too, […]

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When I bite into a weighty, deep-fried kronut from The Home Bakery in Rochester, Michigan, its rich crème filling reminds me that great food is a miracle of no little wonder. Oh, but wait. This is a jewelry blog. So, I should be writing about cake, as in the rock crystal wedding cake made by […]

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Who: The Alcona County Road Commission Why: In my small, rural community, the county road commission is a lifeline. Professional drivers in lumbering orange trucks vanquish ice and snow in winter and patch up weather-worn pavement in summer.  So when administrative assistant Marlena Mac Neill offered me $100 to make a pendant for an auction […]

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There is something about diamonds that makes men lose their minds. ABOVE: Raw diamond from Oranjemund, Namibia. Getty Images, Anthony Bannister. In February of 1872, two scruffy prospectors arrived in San Francisco with a pouch full of hundreds of uncut diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. They soon had the attention of the richest and most […]

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Can You Name This Hot New Gemstone?

Have you seen this hot new gemstone? More importantly, can you venture a guess as to what kind of gem it is? An agate or jasper, perhaps–those are usually good guesses when trying to identify an unknown gemstone. Name That Gemstone Found in New Zealand, this stone is related to emerald and emerald plays a […]

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