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Born of Fire and Fury, I Now Radiate a Cool Blue Beauty

My name pays homage to one of the founders of gemology. Who am I?




Born of Fire and Fury, I Now Radiate a Cool Blue Beauty

THE PERIODIC FURY of Vesuvius has mostly brought fear and destruction to its surrounding slopes, but it also delivered me — a gem collector’s favorite — to the surface. First described in 1807, I was named after one of the French founders of the science of gemology. Today, I can be found in a handful of locations, from the Canary Islands to upstate New York, although the best specimens – which display a transparent electric blue – come from the Eifel Mountains in Germany. While my fragility limits my use as a gemstone, in (extremely rare) large and clean sizes I can command prices that rival those of the most illustrious gems.

Who am I?



When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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