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Ya Gotta Have Friends...

Posted on September 22, 2009 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

A shout out to my fellow artists and friends who meet on Wednesday mornings to share ideas and inspire each other. Some weeks are more inspiring than others but I cherish coming every week - even if I haven't done my homework. This morning we were bidding farewell to Laura before her move to Atlanta. Pictured: Lise Aug, Elise Margolis, Me, Laura Freeman, Alma Stoller, Camilla Marstrand Golden Not pictured: Donna Levinstone, Patricia Childers


Posted in Misc.

What is a rose cut diamond?

Posted on July 16, 2009 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

Rose cut stones were popular in Europe in the 1500's and are enjoying renewed popularity today. The most notable feature of this cut is the stone's flat, or near flat bottom. Picture a low gumdrop with facets cut into the top. The facets start from the center of the stone and spread outward, usually in multiples of 6 appearing like a rose opening up. Although antique rose cut diamonds and other stones can still be found, the majority of rose cut stones in the market today are newly mined.  Rose Cuts can be found in diamonds, sapphires and a variety of other gemstones.  Irregular shapes are very common, as well as round, oval and pear.  The majority are flat on the bottom and faceted on top however some are faceted on top and bottom  The depth varies from stone to stone.The large and elegant shimmery surface and thin profile offer lots of great design possibilities but even better, the appearance of a larger stone since they occupy more surface area than a traditionally cut stone of the same weight.

rose cut diamond styles

Black Diamond EarringsCustom Pear Shaped Rose Cut RingCustom Black Diamond Ring

Tranquility Band With Green Rose Cut Sapphires, Rose Cut White Diamond Oval Solitaire, Large Irregular Shaped Pink Sapphire Ring


Posted in Diamonds, Rose cut diamond

As featured in Zink Magazine

Posted on March 15, 2009 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

Thank you sooooo much Bernardo Siaotong, stylist extraordinaire, for featuring Beauty in Imperfection bangles in the March 2009 issue. It's my first time in print! Hooray :)

Posted in Press


Posted on March 14, 2009 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

Welcome to my blog! 

I intend to use this blog to share information about the many components that go into making jewelry. Everything from environmental issues and relevant trade organizations to the 4C's of Diamonds and perhaps a little personal information and the story behind some of the pieces. My main objective is to help educate. Buying a special piece of jewelry can be an intimidating experience but it doesn't have to be. Some stores like to keep it all a puzzle - I believe in demystifying the process and know that if you have a better understanding of all the factors that go into making something and can relate to the story behind it, you will be happier with the end product.

Just one more thing...... If start pondering my navel too much, please let me know!



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