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The Post Marital Politics of Pearls

Half a year after divorcing my husband of 13 years, our relationship is better now than it was in the five years leading up to our split. When he’s out of the country I drive his BMW to keep the engine tip top. I look in on the condominium we once shared to make sure…

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Thoughts on Personalized Jewelry

Well, let’s just say I wish I liked it more. As the millennial equivalent of a charm bracelet, it’s not about the jewelry per se so much as it is about the sentiment. I guess I’m sort of old school, and in any case it’s not about me. It’s about the customer! Like everything else,…

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The Great Game: A Quest for Bling in Hard Places

When I travel to other countries for work or pleasure, I usually try to get a sense of the jewelry that’s on the market for the people who live there. I used to take pride in finding things I thought weren’t intended for the tourists, something more authentic. This category of “for the people” jewelry…

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Good Style Doesn’t Have to $$

One of the great things about working in retail is seeing what the vendors bring in. That’s how I discovered  Brooklyn based  Frieda Rothman  It wasn’t a fit for the Midwestern store where I worked, although my colleagues and I loved it. The pieces are a clever blend of sleek professional crossed with a bohemian…

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The Two Stone Ring Thing

    I could hear groans on the sales floor in the spring of 2015 when our manager told us that two stone rings were a thing. We would have to know where to order them, possibly for overnight delivery. Wholesaler websites displayed smallish diamonds in nondescript bypass mountings. The pairings represent the love of…

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Crafting Keeps Beads in Business

                  Allison York sits behind her torch and carefully twirls a small glass bead on a rod. She has to heat the tiny dot of glass she has perched on top of the bead, but not so much that it all melts into mush. The end result…

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Xi’s Power Grab Fails to Rock Diamond Industry

China Daily Michael Clement-RIA Novosti/Camera Press/Reduxa   The headline is sarcastic, and I get that the diamond industry watches and reacts to market indicators practically minute to minute. However, I was struck by an early March Rapaport Tradewire market comment that China’s demand for diamonds appeared uncertain at the news of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s  bid to…

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