Diamonds & Gemstones

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Gemstones from dusk 'til dawn

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Perhaps you’re someone who is always up before dawn. With breakfast made, you’ve even managed a quick workout to get your blood pumping. For you, early mornings give you a head start on the rest of the world. Doesn’t the early read more…

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…

A “Real is Rare” Reaction

Thoughts on the DPA's contemporary diamond campaign

The Diamond Producers Association, or DPA, represents a union of the world’s leading diamond distributors. “Our mission is to protect and promote the integrity and reputation of diamonds – and to celebrate them – in all shapes, colors, and sizes,” says the DPA. Their newest campaign, titled Real is Rare. read more…

Zale’s Tales

Diamond cutting, old and new

I started learning about diamonds as a teenager, working in the old Zale New York office at 450 W 33rd St. Because Zale was a DTC Sightholder, from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s, we were fully engaged as diamond manufacturers. In the New York office, we received the rough 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…

Show Your Spirit with Spooky Gems

Stones that scream with Halloween personality

Planning to look freaky fabulous this Halloween? Pick your monster and perfectly spooky gems to match! Dracula Count Dracula is known for his devilish charm. And like this beloved vampire villain’s favorite dinner, Rubies reflect a deep blood red similar to what runs in the veins. Fiery and romantic, showing brilliant depth and intensity, the red hue read more…

Big News On Burmese Rubies

They're back!

October 7, 2016, the U.S. Government lifted its 13-year ban on importing Burmese rubies. At Stuller, we’re excited. The most beautiful, desired, and rare of all rubies, Burmese rubies are prized for their natural “pigeon blood” color and command the highest prices. Not all rubies coming from Myanmar are pigeon 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…

Pantone’s Fall Palette

Gemstone shades of the season

Colored gemstones aren’t just for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries — they’re opportunities to merge color and personality to create unique, striking designs. This look at Pantone’s fall colors will allow you to playfully select gemstones to coordinate with the trendy shades of the season.   Pantone’s Riverside Commanding the importance of blue this fall, the read more…

Red Carpet Worthy

5 Trends from the 68th Annual Emmy Awards

The 68th Annual Emmy Awards took place Sunday night and, naturally, the Internet was abuzz with praise, commentary, and more for the TV-centric ceremony. The night boasted an abundance of laughs (mostly from host, Jimmy Kimmel), lavish looks (did you see Claire Danes’ metallic masterpiece?), and lasting impressions (Sarah Paulson, Kerry 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…

Zale’s Tales

The low down on lab grown

It’s been a busy last couple of months! First, there was all the prep for the JCK Las Vegas Show, followed by the event itself. Then, back to Lafayette for another great Bridge event immediately after. And in between, I managed to squeeze in my high school reunion in Great read more…

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