Customer Watch: Gemstones in a Jar

Diamonds and other precious stones have always been associated with beauty. Is there any tangible thing that can light up a face more effectively than a necklace of sparkling gemstones?


Gemstones have lent their sparkle to the packaging of cosmetics (a diamond-studded lipstick case from Guerlain) and perfume (a Clive Christian limited edition bottle sporting a five-carat diamond). They have leant their names to a wide range of perfumes (White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor being a mass market favorite), and jewelry designers such as Bulgari and Chopard have introduced their own fragrances.


Diamonds and other gemstones are finding new applications in cosmetics meant to improve one’s skin. The April 2009 issue of Harper’s Bazaar provides a peek into the latest developments in incorporating gemstones into skin products. These include:


  • Sapphires used in exfoliation, as crushed sapphires “are not as hard as diamonds or as drying as microdermabrasion crystals” in an offering from the Beverly Hills spa Lea Advanced Skin Care.
  • Sapphire, malachite, tourmaline and citrine incorporated into skin cream that blocks UV rays, from Bulgari.
  • “Diamond-powder extract” used in a cream from American Beauty to illuminate skin by reflecting light. 

The head of Bulgari’s skin-care department is also quoted as saying that gemstones emit energy, which increases luminosity by improving microcirculation.


That gemstones emit and inspire positive energy is apparent from every woman who smiles when she wears a dazzling jewel. How interesting that crushed or pulverized gemstones might also provide special benefits that make the world a bit more beautiful.

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