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50 Shades of White

Notwithstanding the number of hotel getaway packages, the multitude of bundled bedroom toys and just about anything in every merchandise category that is marketed with reference to Fifty Shades of Grey …I have an unreasonable obsession with all things white.  While my husband carefully strategizes how he can suggest some new bold color additions to our bedroom, I am usually busy studying the nuances of the new available shades of white.  Perhaps I should clarify that I am really only talking about color …and BTW, white is more than the absence of color. For those of you that are still with me, you already know that I detest all covert and hidden color enhancements and treatments when it comes to marketing color diamonds and gemstones.  That does not mean I don’t like color.  I’ve spent many hours mesmerized by the optical properties of Natural Color Diamonds.   BUT, OH THE ALLURE OF WHITE!   Gilbert Keith Chesterton, a British journalist and novelist, best articulates my feeling: “White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.” Sometimes I crave the comfort of a warm white or demand the sophistication of grey museum white. Today I may be in search of some living-room flowers with feelings of creamy antique white, soft white or snow white. Tomorrow, I could be looking for a white-on-white blouse…that will highlight (I mean soften) some of my curves.    My obsession with shades of white is endless.  Science has taught us that all colors are just waves of light and some colors may not even exist scientifically.  So, it is our brains, our eyes and our emotions that all come together with language to enhance our color experience. It is unfortunate that so many people get pulled into the gemological hype of rarity over beauty…which results in huge investments into colorlessness.   Even the tiniest tinges of color (or warm shade of white) will result in the gemological down-grading of a diamond.  However, I recently read somewhere (it must have been in “Discover Magazine”) that scientists are studying and searching for people with brain components that allow them to see colors, which the vast majority of us cannot see.  We cannot even imagine what they might see in the world! It is time for all of us to trust our eyes and our unique power of comparison!  Any subtle color that attracts you is worthy of being pursued and enjoyed! And remember, any diamond grading certificate prepared by a gemological grading lab, offers only a color-grading opinion based on rarity…not beauty. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

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