The Bluest Stone

Eventually, he sent a sample to the Smithsonian Institution, the American museum and research complex, which identified it as a pectolite. Mr. Méndez said he traveled to the United States to buy equipment to grind the stone, which is harder than amber, coral and other materials familiar to Dominican artisans at the time. He also…

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A Fresh Spin on Tennis Bracelets

A tennis bracelet is a classic: small stones in simple, linear settings. But that minimalist look is now being reinterpreted with new materials, design advances and other changes. Customers want different takes on the style, according to Elyse Walker, founder and chief executive of the California fashion boutiques that bear her name. “Jewelry has gotten…

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A Gem Cutting Style Gets a Reboot

The main attraction of any diamond is its eye-catching sparkle. Or is it? Some designers have been turning that notion on its head by focusing on diamonds largely devoid of the brilliance and fire commonly expected of the stones. Portrait-cut diamonds — thin, flat stones that are minimally faceted along their perimeters and have a…

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