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Rare Yet Affordable, I Am The First Gemstone Ever Named After A Person

My apple-green color will tempt you.




Rare Yet Affordable, I Am The First Gemstone Ever Named After A Person

I HAVE LONG BEEN associated more with collectors than designers (could it be because I am both rare and cheap?) and take my name from the amateur rockhound who found me — a Dutch military commander stationed in South Africa in the second half of the 18th century. It was actually the first time a mineral had been named after someone (Ruby? Amber? Beryl? — no, the rocks came first) but it hardly made me — a humble silicate of calcium and aluminum — a household name. In recent times I have found a certain popularity with jewelry designers who became enchanted with my translucent green world and the way I seem to quickly establish a rapport with women looking for something understated to accompany their fashion choices.

Who am I?

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.



Thinking of Liquidating? Think: Wilkerson

When Peter Reines, owner of Reines Jewelers in Charlottesville, VA, decided it was time to turn over the “reins” of his 45-year-old business to Jessica and Kevin Rogers, he chose Wilkerson to run his liquidation sale. It was, he says, the best way to maximize the return on his decades-long investment in fine jewelry. Now, with new owners at the helm, Reines can relax knowing that the sale was a success, and his new life is financially secure. And he’s glad he partnered with Wilkerson for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “There’s just no way one person or company could run a sale the way we did,” he says.

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