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Beautiful, creative 2020 proposal stories
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Beautiful, creative 2020 proposal stories

The stories of beautiful, creative 2020 wedding proposals are ongoing. This is something to celebrate. Something to share and spread. Every time I hear of a new adaptive, creative spirited marriage proposals during these past months are uplifting. I thought it would be nice to "share and spread" some of that joy here.

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The French Blue, a story of travel, treasure and diamonds
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The French Blue, a story of travel, treasure and diamonds

Just imagine - a humble mapmaker’s son travels the ancient world, discovers fantastic treasures, rescues a damsel and rises to the highest levels of French aristocracy. If you don't know the story, “The French Blue" is a terrific read for true-lovers of diamonds, gemstones, travel, excitement and romance. 

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Learn about Eira Thomas, Queen of Diamonds
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Learn about Eira Thomas, Queen of Diamonds

Courtesy of The New Yorker earlier this year, "The Woman Shaking Up The Diamond Industry" is a thoroughly composed, thoughtful and uplifting story of history, intrigue, discovery and achievement - definitely worth an hour of your time.

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Nasa, SpaceX and mining diamonds
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Nasa, SpaceX and mining diamonds

As the world watches the engaging achievements of NASA and SpaceX - and Boeing sits in the wings hungry to make their own space-shots - let's take a fanciful look at the landscape ahead for diamond and jewelry enthusiasts.

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A ballet of joy and hope in jewelry
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A ballet of joy and hope in jewelry

Van Cleef & Arpels' iconic ballerina clips danced onto the American stage in the early 1940s and were immediately embraced by the public, who saw them as refreshing symbols of joy and hope during the uncertain days of World War II. We could all use a bit of joy and hope right now, so let's revisit some of these beautiful jewels.

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The big pink disappointment
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The big pink disappointment

They had been smacking their lips at the Argyle diamond mine. They were hungry to receive the $10 million that beautiful, rare rough pink diamond would bring them. Alas, evil fate!

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Pearls and men and recent trends
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Pearls and men and recent trends

Much of the 20th century passed by without much attention to men in pearls. Fortunately we have seen a notable uptick in red-carpet sightings of men sporting pearl bracelets, tie-clips, earrings and - with increasing frequency - pearl neckwear.

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Paintings or gemstone inclusions?
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Paintings or gemstone inclusions?

Are close-ups of gemological inclusions actually works of art, painted by Mother Nature in anticipation of our creative human inspirations? When exploring the mysterious spaces of crystals we must sometimes ask ourselves whether we've stepped into another area, the field of real art.

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Vintage BIG FOUR. Which is your favorite?

May the FOUR be with you! Emeralds, Sapphires, Rubies and Diamonds. I'm going to share some favorite vintage red carpet appearances with you here on May 4. Of course, there are thousands of moments we could celebrate. These four queens of cinema are those who first come to mind when I think about our most precious green, red, blue and white sparklers.

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Cut Quality Cliffs Notes

Last weekend I was asked to provide guidance for a quarantined self-gifter buying a diamond online. In order to make this online purchase she wanted a no-fail combination of weight, color, clarity and (drum roll, please) cut-quality.

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