More Like Medium Rare, Editor’s Letter, November 2012

One of a kind. The phrase used to refer to the rarest of jewels: a truly unique piece, usually bespoke, available to only the richest of the rich. But during the past year, I’ve lost track of how many times the term has cropped up on my radar. How has something that is, by definition, difficult to find suddenly become so widely available?From what I can tell, jewelers are now using “one-of-a-kind” to describe any jewel—no matter how commonplace—provided it includes a gem with a bouquet of pretty and, by the strictest definition, unique inclusions. But is it fair to imply that an offbeat stone possesses the same rarity as an ornate piece of jewelry designed in a limited edition of one? Does playing fast and loose with the term dilute the singular appeal of a jewel that is, without doubt, a pièce unique?These are questions more of you will have to grapple with as the demand for

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