About the Author: Elizabeth Raffel

Elizabeth Raffel
Copywriter, Marketing
I've been with Stuller since 2013 • Primarily read books on physics and other sciences • Was blown away by 'Breaking Bad' • I believe no woman can have too many boots or too much jewelry • Been writing professionally longer than I care to admit • Studied tailoring after college.

Elizabeth Raffel's Posts

Hot on the Trail of Gemstones

Gary Venable's gemstone buying adventures

It’s a warm afternoon in a field outside Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. Looking around, you notice unusual plants — Sri Lanka’s famous tea — and, something far more apparent, a multitude of mining shafts, some just a few feet apart. On closer inspection, you see something unexpected: a bespectacled westerner, hip read more…

Sell With a Story: Historic Sapphires

This year, we’ll take a look at historic jewels and their owners. Together they have created many fascinating stories. Great gemstones have been gifts of love, greed, alliance, extravagance and debt. For most, we know little about how they emerged from the earth. Thousands of anonymous miners worked the far-flung read more…

Sell With A Story: Iolite

Mysterious and beautiful, this violet-blue stone has inspired people as far back as ancient India long before it was named iolite. This gorgeous, dark blue stone was likely confused with sapphire. Yet iolite has it’s own story to tell and a few tricks up its sleeve. They include the simple read more…

Sell With a Story: Smoky Quartz

Is it any surprise that smoky quartz is most popular in November? Its rich brown and gray hues lend themselves to this time of year. Fall’s radiant colors have faded to brown. Beige patches claim more and more of the once green grass. Trees stand gaunt against a pale sky. read more…

Sell With A Story: Tsavorite Garnet

Garnet comes in many colors — beautiful, richly hued, readily available, and, for the most part, reasonably priced. But we have a couple of exceptions, rare members of this family that command particular attention. Tsavorite is one example. Thank goodness for the buffalo In 1961, Scottish geologist Campbell Bridges was read more…

Sell With A Story: Lapis Lazuli

High quality lapis has such an extraordinary color that, once seen, you can never forget it. This intense, brilliant blue defies easy description. Across all cultures blue is chosen as the favorite color and it is considered calming. But personally, I find lapis blue a lavish exciting color that grabs read more…

Sell With A Story: Rubellite Tourmaline

With a name like rubellite, you can be pretty sure it’s a) red and b) probably connected to ruby. You’re absolutely right. Rubellite is a red tourmaline with a stunningly intense color similar to ruby. And they share a common Latin root: ruber or rubellus meaning either reddish brown or read more…

Feature Friday – Elizabeth Raffel

The life-long writer

When I was 5, my father gave me a hardbound black book with lined pages. I think it was an appointment calendar with hours marked along the side of each page. Instantly, it became my most treasured possession, a magical space for all my dearest thoughts and dreams. Soon after, read more…

Sell With a Story: Chalcedony

  Ethereal, captivating, cool, serene, mystical, and subtle: All of these words apply to blue chalcedony. Its shades range from greyish blue to sky blue and the lavender blue. In 2015, GIA received a stunning bluish green chalcedony of African origin so striking they’ve given it its own name: aquaprase. read more…

Sell With A Story: Morganite

Morganite is a gorgeous pale pink to peachy pink beryl, a cousin of emerald and aquamarine. Unlike emerald, morganite is relatively inclusion-free which adds to its allure. For many years morganite slipped out of prominence and had little or no promotion. Thankfully that time has passed. Its delicate shade has read more…

Sell With a Story: Opal

Quick: What’s the first word you think of when you hear “opal”? The answer will vary from person to person but for me it would be “mysterious” or “wondrous.” That would be quickly followed by “magical” and “exciting.” Something is happening beneath its surface, something dynamic and changing. A living read more…

Sell With a Story: Tanzanite

Discovered in 1967, Tanzanite is a newcomer to the gemstone pool yet it has succeeded in making a very large splash. Following diamonds, ruby, sapphire, and emerald, Tanzanite is the most sought after gemstone. What it lacks in ancient history, it more than makes up for with its beauty and read more…

Sell With A Story: Turquoise

One of the world’s most ancient gems, turquoise comes in a variety of colors that stretch from a gorgeous rich blue to green and brown. Beyond hue, turquoise is found with or without a matrix — and there lies a world of different styles. How do you like your turquoise? Most turquoise read more…

SELL WITH A STORY: ALEXANDRITE

By gemstone standards, alexandrite is a newcomer. What does it matter that it was formed 2 billion years ago? It didn’t exist for us until 1833, when emerald miners in Russia’s Ural Mountains found what looked like an emerald — but not quite. Count Lev Alekseevich Perovski, who managed the read more…

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