It’s Not a Ruby: Spinel’s Well-Kept Secret in High Jewelry

Spinel Gemstones

You thought it was a ruby. So did the Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, in 1367, who owned one of the most famous colored gems in the collection of the British Crown Jewels. However, he was wrong. It’s not a ruby and it isn’t black either. It’s a red spinel crystal, uncut, …

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

AGTA Announces Spectrum Awards Judges


(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX – The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announces its panel of judges for the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards. This year’s judges are: John L. Carter, Retailer, Jack Lewis JewelersPaula Crevoshay, Designer, Mellika Company, Inc. / CrevoshayMyriam Galli, Manufacturer, GemvetoBrett Kosnar, Lapidary, Kosnar Gem Co.Naomi Sarna, Designer/Lapidary, Naomi Sarna Designs The AGTA Spectrum …

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Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Contemporary Jade Carvers

Contemporary Jade Carvers Naomi Sarna Unique Private Jet Magazine

It is a murder weapon; it is a sacred object. It’s an enormous memorial. It is one of the toughest materials on earth. If you thought of diamonds, or steel, you are incorrect; this highly regarded and very valuable gem material is jade. What compelled that person to pick up the jade nugget, look at …

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Where to Go at the Tucson Gem Show 2019

Granada Gallery Tucson Gem Show

Going to the annual Tucson Gem Show is an act of love, wonder and devotion. Ever since my early days as a jeweler in New York City I would make this pilgrimage to watch, learn and, of course, buy wonderful raw materials and even special finished pieces. The magic of the Gem Show is exciting …

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Friday, February 1st, 2019

Rapaport Collection – Naomi Sarna: Carving Out a Life

Naomi Sarna Picture

What a pleasure to be featured by Amber Michelle – Chief Curator & Storyteller at Rapaport Collection. Excerpt: For many years, I have admired the work of lapidary artist and jewelry designer Naomi Sarna, whose carved objets d’art appear to defy gravity. She has won 20-plus awards for her creations, which are recognizable for their …

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Friday, January 25th, 2019

Colored Pearls Feature in Unique Magazine

Unique Magazine Pearls Naomi Sarna

It has been a joy and a privilege to write for Unique Magazine as part of their features on world-class jewelry.  Please click the link to Issue 21 of Unique Magazine for the full article which includes stunning photography of some of my favorite pearl jewels as well as some of my latest works. Keep posted for more of my articles in Unique Private Jet Magazine.

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

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