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Photocourtesy of Charles Merguerien.
Photocourtesy of Charles Merguerien.

Art? A primitive map showing a mountain range? High-precision laser inscribing? Nope! Just one of the many natural beauty marks of rough diamonds. These close-ups are as beautiful as the pictures in my “Opals in October” post. I would fill my walls with large-scale reproductions of these, they are so fabulous!


Trigons are triangular growth patterns that appear on diamond rough. Oriented in the opposite direction of the gemstone’s octahedral face, these marks were etched into the diamonds as they formed by extremely hot fluids, far below the earth’s surface.


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Wallace Chan’s Cicadas

Wallace Chan is a master who derives inspiration from the natural world. In light of my recent jade post, the featured image above is a breathtaking example of how lovely the gemstone is. Cicadas make an intricate and symbolic subject. See my cicada vase post! Please enjoy this variety of Chan’s cicada brooches.






All photos courtesy of Wallace Chan.

The Bezel Setting

I was working with an engagement client the other day and as we discussed bezel-set diamonds, I was inspired to post on the subject.

The bezel setting is a protective rim or border of metal that encases the entirety of the gemstone. There is usually a groove in which the outer edge of the gemstone is seated and then a lip of metal that is then pushed down, or burnished, carefully over top of that edge, holding the gemstone in place. This was the first method of gemstone setting. Bezels can be thick or thin, smooth or textured, with a modern or ancient design. Either way, it is a beautiful and exceptionally safe way to wear your favorite jewel (even soft or brittle ones like emerald and opal).  I hope you enjoy this selection of gorgeous bezel-set pieces!

Diagram of bezel setting.
Diagram of bezel setting.


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Lydia Courteille Jewelry

 Lydia Courteille is located on the famous Rue Saint Honoré in Paris and turns out magical pieces of jewelry. Lydia takes inspiration from the world around her to create these colorful and whimsical delights. With a focus on colored gemstones, her jewelry is luscious and breaks through traditional forms.

 “I have always been interested in everything around me –  textiles, geology, butterflies, stamps…” 

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