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The Wizard of Oz made an indelible impression on me the first time I saw it. From the kaleidoscopic landscape to that first glimpse of Emerald City, I was transfixed. And then there was the ethereal Glinda in her diamond...
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One of my oldest and dearest friends owns a flower shop in New Jersey called Sweet William & Thyme.  When I say oldest, I don’t mean in terms of age: in fact, Amy is actually the youngest in our tightly knit...
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Everyone has a story about the first time they saw paraiba.  Here’s mine. It was the early 90s. I was at the Tucson Gem Show—still my perennial favorite—working at our booth at GJX (the Gem & Jewelry Exchange), one of...
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When I was a child, the word “heirloom” held tremendous mystique. My grandmother had a gorgeous art deco dressing table that was utterly magical to me. Its rounded corners and pretty patterned wood made it seem as if it belonged...
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Green is not always the most popular color in the gem world. It generally takes a 5th or 6th runner-up position behind preferred jewel tones of red, pink, purple, and all shades of blue. And while emerald green is a...
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