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2007 Complex Individualism

True, predicting the color of fashion is not an exact science like meteorology. But since the mid-1970s, professional color forecasters have been able to tell us — in subtle detail — what colors will predominate in fashion, home design,…

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Architectural Dreams

As the saying goes, it took James Kaya almost two decades to become an overnight sensation. The Boston-based jewelry designer has spent his lifetime creating jewelry, starting as an apprentice at the age of eight, and has built an avid fan base…

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Bead Jewelry

Google the words “bead jewelry,” and page after page of Web sites pop up, vying for attention. With the explosion in popularity of beads, more and more former amateur jewelry makers are turning pro. In the fiercely competitive marketplace…

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New Gem Identification Techniques

This is an exciting era for gemologists. High-tech analytical techniques now make it possible to identify trace elements, treatments, and origins of colored stones that could only be guessed at decades ago. For example, when the gem world…

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Oregon Sunstone

Shot through with copper, sunstone from this locality has mesmerized miners and designers alike. It has inspired vacation rockhounds to put down stakes in Oregon’s mining country, and has spawned a hearty fraternity of diggers determined…

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Sapphire Retail Sales Back with a Twist

If we needed more proof that our society is obsessed with celebrity style, we have only to look at the spectacular success of pink gemstones in retail stores this year. Last year was the year of pink in clothing and accessories, from Hollywood…

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Selling Natural, Unenhanced Gem Material

The marketing slogan ‘All Natural’ has been used for years to advertise products from cereal to shampoo. Now some gem dealers are using it to market their natural, unenhanced gem material – and to distance themselves from negative publicity…

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Spessartite Garnet

The decade of the ’90s put spessartite garnet on the map. Once a rare collector’s gem, the brilliant orange garnet burst on the scene in 1991, when a deposit was discovered in the rugged mountains of northwestern Namibia, and again in 1999, with…

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Telling Pearl’s Story

Pearl jewelry has come a long way from the days of grandmother’s proverbial strand of round pearls. In today’s retail market, consumers can choose from golden, pink, black, and peacock green pearls in one-of-a-kind, baroque shapes.…

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Tone Down, Dress Up

This year’s fall and winter fashions are decidely subdued. The necklaces worn at Anna Sui’s Fall 2006 show reflect the jewel tones of her fashions; photo © REUTERS/Seth Wenig. Gone are the flamboyant layered chains and wild color mixes…