Just as technology and scientific advances have changed every aspect of our daily lives, it has also altered what type of jewelry and gemstones are available to us.
Fine jewelry enhances how we look and feel and it all begins with the allure of gemstones. While rarity is a component of the pricing of gemstones, the allure or love of gemstones is primarily about their Beauty, Sparkle and Color …created by Mother Nature. Technology, however, is altering the supply and color of gemstones, in addition to maybe altering our definition of a “Gemstone”.
Gemstones & Beauty
Gemstones/rocks too soft to be cut or faceted into gemstones (in the not so distant past) are now heavily marketed and popular with many women. For example: Precious Gemstones (i.e. Diamonds, Sapphires & Rubies) are still treasured, but the category of Semi-Precious gemstones has expanded to include stones like “Drusy” (a type of quartz that to me, sounds like one of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs) and “Chrome Diopside” (Doesn’t that sound like a dangerous chemical?). So, there are many beautiful gemstones, not as durable and not as sparkling as a Diamond, for example,…but it terms of beauty, well beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Sustainable Jewelry – Buzzword or The Real Deal?
We’re all concerned with creating a cleaner world with a brighter future, and that starts with each one of us. For those of us who love (love love) jewelry, this may be a concern a of yours. The making of jewelry starts with mining minerals and metals from the earth, can involve harsh chemicals during the manufacturing process, and might take\ place in the poorest countries with the worst worker safeguards. So what is a jewelry loving person like me (& you!) to do? Thankfully, we have many options today that didn’t exist even ten years ago.
Spring Swing – Get Your Fine Jewelry Out of that Stuffy Box and Into the Spring Air!
Nothing says spring quite as brightly or as optimistically as colorful jewelry. Big pops of color can dress up a sundress or go straight to an evening function. And why not? If you’re like me, each of your jewelry pieces has a special story – of the day you bought it, the first event you wore it to, or the person who gave it to you. Spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look at your treasures….so you can start the next beautiful spring morning with the additional promise of selecting some of your favorite color gems to wear?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink is the color of breast cancer awareness. If you didn’t notice pink rubber awareness bracelets throughout the year, you’ll have a hard time missing them during this month. Purchases of those bracelets provides income for breast cancer research and support, so here’s an example of how a rubber bracelet can claim a type of quality all its own – the quality of philanthropy. But if you want to give back while wearing something with more fine jewelry appeal, you have several options. First, stop by your local independent jeweler. Many independent jewelers create their own cause jewelry and donate a percentage of each purchase to research. Ostbye in Minneapolis offers a 14k two tone pendant with diamond melee that makes a simple, delicate . . . and fine statement of support. Studio 2015 Jewelers in Woodstock, Illinois designs a new breast cancer awareness piece each year that is auctioned off for breast cancer research and is available for sale through the store. Chances are very good that an independent jeweler in your area is doing something special too.
Jewelry designers create cause pieces as well. Tacori’s 18k pink gold pendant with diamonds is a beautiful statement piece, and at the other end of the price spectrum Sara Blaine designs a series of silver dog tags in her “It’s the Journey” series supporting breast cancer research. My point, as always, is that quality can be part of every jewelry purchase. Of course, my preference for pink this month would probably be Omi Prive’s amazing pink tourmaline ring – with a personal donation to breast cancer research on the side.
Studio 2015 18k White Pendant
Tacori 18k Rose with Diamonds
- Ostbye 14k 2-Tone Pendant
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!