Dolce's Birthstone Of The Month: Diamonds

[click “Play”, Beau Staley talks about diamonds]



Diamond rings “They will show up the wearer if they can,” from The Sandcastle, by Iris Murdoch.

Telluride’s Dolce Jewels returns for its regular featured engagement: Birthstone of the Month. And this month, we do mean engagement. April, the month of the Ram and the Bull, is also the month for diamonds.

The name “diamond” is derived from the ancient Greek “adamas,” meaning “unbreakable.” In the case of the renowned Taylor-Burton Diamond, weighing in at 69.42 carats, the diamond was. The relationship wasn’t. After her divorce from Richard, the dearly departed Liz sold her world-famous pear-shaped stone, planning to use part of the $5 million proceeds to build a hospital in Botswana.

Which brings us to Africa and Ed Zwick’s Oscar-nominated film. “Blood Diamond,” about diamonds mined in a conflict zone to fund a warlord’s coffers and otherwise support malfeasance. In the run up to the movie, De Beers took out full page ads in the New York Times claiming it just ain’t so.

There are almost as many ways to describe a diamond as there are diamonds. But one thing for sure: the gemstone is a girl’s best friend. And it’s tough to part with a BFF, but that’s what happens like clockwork every Spring off season at Dolce, where April is the month clients turn over their most precious bling to owner and jeweler Beau Staley, an expert on diamonds, to reset and restore.

To learn more about the coveted gemstone, including how to translate diamondspeak – cut, clarity, color, and carat – click the “play” button and listen to Beau’s rap.

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