My Summer novella has gems at its center. I Love diamonds, sapphires, zircons, pearls, opals, tourmalines, morganites…the list goes on, and on, and on.
Who doesn’t love things that sparkle? Ever get mesmerized staring into a step cut diamond? If you haven’t, go into a
store like, Graff, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany or VanCleef and Arpels, and ask to see an Asscher or a two carat or larger emerald cut stone. Grace Kelly wore a 10.47 carat emerald cut engagement ring that has an estimated worth of $4,000,000 today.
Everyone loves round, brilliant cut diamonds. Most of the diamonds cut today are round brilliants. Still it’s the Asschers that make me smile. Some of the older cushion-cuts and old European cut diamonds have an elegance all their own. They are generally found in Art-Deco and Edwardian jewelry.
They aren’t cut as perfectly as newer stones and they generally have more color. This wasn’t a bad thing when stones were meant to be appreciated in candle light. Most people don’t like seeing a tinge of yellow in their stones today so stones with higher color, in the J,K,L,M range sell for far less money per carat. They can still shine beautifully if they’re well cut. (If you’re buying stones greater than a carat, make sure you get a GIA certificate to ensure you’re getting what you are paying for).
There are some really cool fancy colored diamonds: The Graff Pink Diamond, The Blue Moon Diamond, The Pink Star, the Noor-ul-Ain Diamond, and the Hope Diamond.
When it comes to colored gemstones, probably sapphires are my favorite. Sapphires come in every shade of the rainbow, including red. Red sapphires are referred to as rubies. Sapphires and rubies share the same chemical make-up, corundum. Purple sapphires are particularly beautiful, if you like purple. Sapphires are hard, 9 on the Mohs scale. Diamonds are 10.
Both diamonds and sapphires are sturdy enough to be worn for most daily activities without worry.
My favorite of all gemstones, including diamonds, is the much under-rated opal. Opals are like people. Fragile, with hidden depths. Every opal is unique. Opal, along with pink tourmaline, is my birthstone, so I may be biased.
A stolen pink diamond is the catalyst for my up-coming story for the AUTHORS OF MAIN STREET summer box-set. I don’t have a title yet, but I’m excited about this story. I think it’s my best so far. You can read more about gems and jewelry theft in June when the box-set goes live!