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Jewelry Chronicles

You probably already know that bees are critically important pollinators responsible for pollinating a remarkable 80% of all flowering plants and 75% of all fruits, vegetables, and nuts grown in the United States.  Of the approximate 4000 bee species in North America, it is the hive forming domesticated honeybee that collects sugary nectar and converts it to honey to be stored as a food source for the colony and the Queen when the weather turns cold.  Hives are the epitome of organization with the Queen, drones, and worker bees each having designated chores and responsibilities that keep the colony alive and well.
Rare.  Luminous.  Scintillating.  Dazzling.  Who among us has not been mesmerized by the sight of a beautiful diamond or captivated by its natural history?  Diamond crystals form deep within the Earth and are brought to the planet’s surface by long extinct, and equally rare, volcanoes.  Upon close examination by a trained eye, these billion year old stones can be distinguished by their unusual luster (almost greasy like appearance).  But to the untrained eye, rough diamonds appear unassuming, unremarkable, and indistinguishable from ordinary pebbles.  It is only the faceting that brings these seemingly ordinary stones to life with an explosion of light and color.  And it is the diamond cutter’s knowledge of optics, mineralogy, and geometry that allows for the transformation of these pebbles into faceted diamonds.  However,  it is the Master diamond cutter’s artistry, experience, and intuition that turns faceted diamonds into gemstones worthy of the ages. 
Judith Leiber (1921-2018) was a Hungarian-American fashion designer known around the world for her artistic minaudieres, small evening bags made of a metal shell and adorned with crystals.  However, it is her personal life that outshines even the richness, drama, and effervescence of her artistic creations.