Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at 10:55 am by LaLonde Jewelers
Over the years in my career I have been asked several times, “what is your favorite gemstone?"
I would think and think and think and I would realize I don’t have a single favorite. My favorite has nothing to do with size, nothing to do with value, nothing to do with color and nothing to do with a gemstone family or variety. My favorite is simply a beautiful gem.
As I thought about it, I realized that anyone in any profession does or should feel the same. A Realtor would probably remember one of a very few perfect homes they were involved with. An automobile person, a few of the perfect cars that they have come across.
One thing that I have a habit of looking at are ladies that I encounter. Now I don’t think I stare at them. I glance and in a rare situation I look and don’t seem to see anything wrong with their looks. When I turn my head away, I have to look back. I know that what I am trying to find out is there anything wrong with this gal.
Are her legs too long, or too short, her hair or feet? The more I can’t find the more I am apt to look. I disregard nationality, (variety) skin tone (color), how tall or short (size) whether she is wealthy (value). I will look almost an embarrassing length of time until I find something out of place and look away. And on a rare occasion I see what in my mind is a perfect woman.
Wow, the same thing I do with gemstones. Most stones I glance at, quickly categorize it and move on. Every now and again I get an eyeful and have to keep looking. I look away and my mind tells me I have to look again. I’m looking for that flaw, that “there must be something wrong look”. I’m lucky I get to look and look at the gem, hold it, feel it. I keep looking trying to find out what is wrong with that gem.
It doesn’t matter to me what type of gem (nationality) what color (skin tone) what (size) large or small or value (wealth). I’m looking for that perfect stone with the perfect cut and perfect color.
As I go through life, I recognize passion in a person the one who explains how fabulous that house is, how exciting the automobile is, and yes, how perfect a certain woman was. This is passion, I know because I have it. When I see a gem and that passion hits me. I know that here is one of my favorite gemstones.
Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
The Gem Expert