The Enthusiast: Precious Settings

A cloak of secrecy has long kept the jewelry trade hidden from public view...

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A cloak of secrecy has long kept the jewelry trade—and its cache of small, precious objects—hidden from public view. But recently, calls for greater transparency have encouraged a number of jewelers to offer a behind-the-scenes look at their operations. These immersive experiences include excursions to remote diamond and sapphire mines, visits to exclusive design ateliers, and classes that provide a deeper understanding of the world’s most exquisite jewelry. Designed for collectors as well as curiosity seekers, opportunities to explore the jewelry trade from an insider’s perspective help shed light on the circuitous journey that our most prized possessions take from mine to market, not to mention the myriad people whose hands have touched them before our own.