Brilliant Mines

  • Jill Newman

Photography by Lisa Charles Watson. Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner.

The lore may twist back through centuries, but the allure of colored gemstones is simply immediate and irresistible. From tempting pink spinel to lusciously green tsavorite, an especially rich cache of rare gems has turned up in remote mines around the world, inspiring some of the season’s most radiant designs.

Photo 1: Tiffany & Co. necklace composed of 19 closely matched oval pink spinels and 657 diamonds set in platinum, price upon request (800.526.0649,

Photo 2: From top: Leviev bracelet with 14.4 carats of marquise-cut emeralds and round diamonds totaling 17.1 carats set in platinum, price upon request (212.763.5300,; de Grisogono South Sea gray Tahitian pearl ring with diamonds and tsavorites set in white gold, $78,000 (212.439.4220,; Bayco three-stone cabochon emerald ring with diamonds, price upon request (800.376.7200,

Photo 3: Chanel earrings with freshwater cultured pearls, pink sapphires, and white and black diamonds, $73,100 (800.550.0005,; Bayco ring with a 13-carat cushion-cut pink sapphire and pavé diamonds, price upon request (800.376.7200,

Photo 4: Fred Leighton multicolor sapphire-bead-and-pearl necklaces, $8,500 to $9,500 (212.288.1872,; David Yurman 21.61-carat purple-spinel ring plus diamonds, price upon request (212.752.4255,

Photo 5: Siegelson Art Deco aquamarine sautoir with a 59.32-carat pear-shaped stone, a 54.23-carat octagonal stone, and a 29.01-carat rectangular stone, accented with sapphires and diamonds by Cartier London, 1929, price upon request (212.832.2666,; Tiffany & Co. bangle in aquamarine, diamonds, and 18-karat white gold, price upon request (800.526.0649,

Photo 6: Bulgari necklace of amethyst, pink quartz, peridot, rubellite, Tahitian pearl, pavé diamonds, and 18-karat gold, price upon request (800.285.4274,; Stephen Russell earrings in platinum, kunzite, and diamonds, price upon request (212.570.6900,; Gilan ring with rubellite, amethyst, and diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $32,400 (212.949.4350,

Photo 7: From top: Tiffany & Co. bracelet made of 62.8 carats of yellow diamonds and 39.6 carats of white diamonds, price upon request (800.526.0649,; Fred Leighton circa-1860 gemstone-and-enamel bracelet set in 18-karat yellow gold, $68,000 (212.288.1872,; James de Givenchy for Taffin 20.4-carat spinel ring with mandarin garnets, price upon request (212.421.6222).

Photo 8: Cindy Chao White Label diamond earrings, $38,650 at Bergdorf Goodman (800.558.1855);
Anita Ko opal-and-diamond swan ring set in 18-karat gold, $16,000 at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills (310.550.5900).

Photo 9: From left: Leviev bracelet with an 11-carat sapphire and nearly 20 carats of diamonds, price upon request (212.763.5300,; Kwiat sapphire-and-diamond bracelet, $67,200 (212.725.7777,; Jacob & Co. 23-carat sugar-loaf-cut Burmese sapphire ring with diamonds, $660,000 (212.719.5887,

Photo 10: Cartier spinel-bead necklace adorned with 11.5 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds and briolette diamond drops set in platinum and 18-karat white gold, price upon request (800.227.8437,

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