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Sailing the 4Cs: new dangers to avoid when buying diamonds

Antoinette Matlins at International Gemmological Conference in London, 2009

Holiday season is one of the most popular times for marriage proposals, so there is some serious ring shopping going on. Anyone who has ever shopped for diamonds, whether for an engagement ring or a design of your own, knows there are 4 Cs to look out for: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight....

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Jewelry trade shows & antique fairs in the U.S. 2014

Buyers Market Show, Philadelphia (photo Cathleen McCarthy)

JANUARY Jan. 5 – 7, 2014: Accessories The Show, Javitz Center, NYC Jan. 18 – 21, 2014: Buyers Market of American Craft, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia PA Jan. 24 – Feb. 2, 2014: Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, NYC Jan. 24 – Feb. 15, 2014: Tucson Gem Shows, Tucson AZ Jan. 27 – 28, 2014: International...

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Rock stars: Sherris Cottier Shank

Waterfall Suite of aquamarine, 1.5" to 2.5", 1994, by Sherris Cottier Shank

Sherris Cottier Shank has always been fascinated by moving water, particularly waterfalls and streams. She spent years studying and photographing water in natural settings before attempting to portray it in gemstone. No cutter alive can transform stone into water like Shank. Her most distinctive carvings are abstractions of flowing currents carved in aquamarine, sometimes...

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Rock stars: pioneer Bernd Munsteiner

Dom Pedro aquamarine of 10.363 carats carved by Bernd Munsteiner was unveiled on Dec. 6, 2012 (Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History)

World’s largest aquamarine carving, the 10.363-carat Dom Pedro, goes on display Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s no surprise to find the carver chosen to sculpt this 14-inch obelisk was Bernd Munsteiner. Those familiar with Munsteiner’s work will recognize the distinctive reverse cuts, patterns of slashes that bring out...

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Jewelry & gem exhibits in 2012

Jewelry & gem exhibits in 2012

Whether you're in the mood for avant garde design, rare gemstone carvings, or historical treasures, here are some temporary exhibits of gems and jewelry worth a trip this year.

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Intergem: gem & jewelry shows for the public (free admission)

Intergem: gem & jewelry shows for the public (free admission)

Jewelry lovers – and makers without wholesale I.D.s who want gems and beads – can now get free admission to the popular Intergem shows. Founded four decades ago, International Gem & Jewelry Shows were one of the first to sell commercial jewelry to the public, with the broad selection and prices (from $5 to...

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Thinking outside the jewelry box

Thinking outside the jewelry box

I admit it. I’m obsessed with jewelry boxes. This is partly because my own jewelry is overflowing my current jewelry box, stashed in various velvet boxes and satin bags and getting harder and harder to find. But I also love the idea of beautiful containers for beautiful ornaments. In a perfect world, I would...

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Andrea Rosenfeld: jewelry for healing

Andrea Rosenfeld: jewelry for healing

Andrea Rosenfeld designs what she calls “healing jewelry,” using stones known for their healing powers and the technique of Reiki. She started designing jewelry fairly recently but brings a wealth of experience and skills to her creations – loom weaving, silk screening, photography, garment design, drawing, painting, ceramics, and wood-working – not to mention...

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November birthstone: Topaz

November birthstone: Topaz

Forget the mislabeled citrine and the cheap, irradiated blues. Here's a new look at an old gem that's making a comeback, in all its glorious and often-overlooked variations.

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What you need to know about collecting ancient jewels

What you need to know about collecting ancient jewels

In Ancient Rome and Greece, gold jewelry and engraved gems were valued far more than other works of art. Getty antiquities curator Kenneth Lapatin reveals the fascinating ancient reality behind his museum's wearable treasures.

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