JCK 5: Carved Gems

When mines exhaust their gem-quality riches, hope still exists for less-desirable stones—a.k.a. the stepchildren of our industry. Skilled gem carvers can give low-quality stones with good color—think aquamarine, amethyst, jade—the beautiful finish that Mother Nature didn’t, or they can transform an unremarkable agate into a work of art. From simple quartz leaves to whimsical tourmaline animals, gem carvings are now making a jewelry designer’s final cut.  1(Above) Rock crystal, rubellite, and 18k gold Lantern charm bracelet; $11,000; Syna, Fort Lee, N.J.; 201-585-2021; synajewels.com  2Carved black jade, onyx, and diamond earrings in 18k white gold; $4,765; Bochic, New York City; 212-632-1700; bochic.com  3Carved white agate ring in 18k gold with 0.64 ct. t.w. diamonds and 1.40 cts. t.w. sapphires; $7,700; Wendy Yue at Fragments Showroom,

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