• Helping to Find My Way

    For me, when I was young, stories from Greek mythology were like comic books (which I also collected, those simply being myths stripped for export to 1950's America). One such series of tales was about Hermes, the messenger of the gods, who visited mortals with prophetic dreams. He was also the patron god of merchants, inventors and thieves, and quite a trickster.

  • Language of Stone

    Someone has said that we love diamonds because they remind us of pebbles on the shores of other, more refined realms.. But I think it's because almost all living things are heliotropic, that is, oriented from birth to the light of the sun. In utter silence, gemstones shine forth meaning.

  • The Journey Refines Them

    Most gem-quality diamonds are found in primary sources in Africa, Russia, Australia, and Canada. By "primary" is meant where they are mined. Diamond's journey starts about ninety miles below the surface one to three billion years ago, under 2000-degree (F.) heat and extreme pressure.

  • How Not to Buy Diamonds Like a Capuchin Monkey

     In a Wall Street Journal article from March 2012, there was a report about a researcher at Yale whose work with Capuchin monkeys investigates how they buy in comparison with people. One study showed that, when shown two items but only getting one of them versus being shown one and getting one, they preferred the latter more straightforward transaction.


  • Estate and Collectible Jewelry as an Asset Class

        The 18th-century Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle called economics "the dismal science," not, as I have always thought, because economics often seems less a scientific discipline unto itself than a branch of psychology, and not even, as the story often goes, as a response to Thomas Malthus' gloomy theory of demand outstripping supply to the point of worldwide deprivation. Instead, Carlyle wrote in defense of slavery in the West Indies, indicting economics for promoting t...

  • Ruby, the New Problem Child of the Gemological Kingdom

    For many years, with the love one has for a brilliant but troubled offspring, I bestowed the title, "problem child of the gemological kingdom," on Emerald. Its highly included nature makes it prone to breakage, which, in turn, has led to a plethora of treatments to hide its flaws by filling them up, with anything from traditional oils in use for hundreds of years to various synthetic materials in modern times.

  • Appraisals and Selling Your Jewelry

    Here are three inquiries I’ve received this month through my website:“I am interested in getting some of my jewelry appraised so that I can sell it.”“I own a diamond ring and wish to sell it; first, an appraisal is needed.”“I have a platinum and diamond wedding ring that I wish to have appraised for the purpose of selling it.”Well, do you really need an appraisal? The central problem is: there is no one specific value. No matter what ...

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