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Spotlight on Lika Behar Collection

It’s November, so let’s talk all things Turkey and topaz jewelry. (We’re referring to the country, not the bird.) Growing up in Istanbul, Lika Behar collected rocks from the terrain as well as beads and semiprecious stones from the shopping bazaars of her homeland. So, it’s no surprise she grew up to design jewelry that’s rich with color, textures that are rough and glassy, and all put together in a wild hive of metals and gemstones. “When I see beautiful, original, and often organically-shaped gemstones, the design process in my mind begins,” says Lika. Those three words—beautiful, original, organic—perfectly describe

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Limited Edition Emerald Ring Takes the Spotlight

By Kevin P. McVay Carelle Ltd., an American Gem Society member, recently announced a show-stopping custom piece—a gorgeous and expensive emerald ring. The vivid Zambian emerald at its center is 8.52 ct and is lightly included. The ring itself is set in platinum and features 1.82 ct of diamond pavé created from 200 stunning diamonds individually set by hand. As true with most colored gemstones, the larger its carat size, the rarer the gem. This correlation is due to the increasing difficulty of discovering natural gemstones that are larger and heavier. Carat weight, however, is only one out of four globally

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