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The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens. ~Author Unknown
The jewel, which is so well adapted to a woman's adornment, is a combination of the riches of nature and art; it is concentrated brilliancy, the quintessence of light.... In the bowels of the earth, in the deserted channels of exhausted torrents, in the gloomy depths of the mineral world, stars are concealed that rival in their beauty those of the firmament. The fresh spendours of dawn, the sun's incandescent rays, the magnificent sunsets, the brilliant colours of the rainbow, all are found enclosed in a morsel of pure carbon or in the centre of a stone.... uniting as though urged by the secret instinct of the beautiful, to compose prismatic forms of astonishing regularity... ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875
All the luminous the coloured spectacles which the world in the immensity of space can offer us, nature has produced in miniature amongst precious stones. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
The ruby encloses the brilliant red of the clouds of evening... ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
[T]he sapphire... is a concentration of azure. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
The emerald condenses the green of the meadows and certain aspects of the ocean. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
The topaz is a miniature reproduction of the rich gold which illumines the setting sun. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
The opal resembles a fraction of the rainbow softened by a milky cloud. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
The aquamarine... has the glassy tint of the waves of the sea. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
The violet of the amethyst represents the deep purple shade of the heavens... ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
[T]he hyacinth is like the tints of dawn passing from saffron to orange. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
How much art and science, and what attention, what care is necessary to render the sun-beams which are imprisoned in a tiny polyhedron of pure carbon, brilliant and sparkling! ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875, translated from French
Pins never unfit you
you can wear them your whole life
~Ruth Krauss (1901–1993), Open House for Butterflies, 1960
[T]he diamond and other precious stones are focuses of light, and essences of colour which seem expressly created to ornament on a small scale the human body with all the splendours which adorn the universe on a large scale. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875
For years it has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward. ~Erma Bombeck, about her wedding ring
A woman wears her tears like jewelry. ~Author Unknown
Flowers that are so pathetic in their beauty, frail as the clouds, and in their coloring as gorgeous as the heavens, had through thousands of years been the heritage of children - honored as the jewelry of God.... ~Thomas De Quincey
emerald as heavy
as a golf course, ruby as dark
as an afterbirth,
diamond as white as sun
on the sea...
Mysterious opals contain the wonders of the skies - sparkling rainbows, fireworks, and lightning, shifting and moving in their depths. ~Author Unknown
The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. ~Salvador Dalí
Among Life's precious jewels,
Genuine and rare,
The one that we call friendship
Has worth beyond compare.
For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty...
~John Townsend Trowbridge
The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel. The same questions, asked again, bring you just the answers you need just the minute you need them. ~Richard Bach, Running From Safety
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. ~Thomas Carlyle
The story of Harold Ross, the New Yorker and me is a mere footnote to the story of our time, and we might as well face the truth that to researchers of the future, poking about among the ruins of time, we shall all be tiny glitters. But then, so are diamonds. ~James Thurber
Some asked me where the rubies grew,
And nothing I did say;
But with my finger pointed to
The lips of Julia.
The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls. ~Jean de la Bruyere, translated from French
The earth is like a beautiful bride who needs no manmade jewels to heighten her loveliness. ~Kahlil Gibran
It was as though he had cut up the sky, melted down a flower garden, tossed in some jewels and made it into glass. ~Hugh McKean [Context note: This is not actually referring to jewelry but to Tiffany's glass.
Some men's memory is like a box where a man should mingle his jewels with his old shoes. ~George Savile
Hamlet: Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring?
Ophelia: 'Tis brief, my lord.
Hamlet: As woman's love.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. ~Chinese Proverb
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within. ~Titus Maccius Plautus
[R]est thee now,
And may some kind God smooth thy wrinkled brow.
Behold to-morrow comes, and thou art young,
Nor on one string are all life's jewels strung...
~William Morris, The Life and Death of Jason: A Poem, 1867
If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. ~Chinese Proverb
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. ~Peter Marshall
These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, Old Town Folks, 1869
Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind,
More than quick words, do move a woman's mind.
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had very good dentures once. Some magnificent gold work. It's the only form of jewelry a man can wear that women fully appreciate. ~Graham Greene
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman
Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool. ~Edwin Hubbel Chapin
I've been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I've lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet. ~Erma Bombeck
But I do mean to say, I have heard her declare,
When at the same moment she had on a dress
Which cost five hundred dollars, and not a cent less,
And jewelry worth tem times more, I should guess,
That he had not a thing in the wide world to wear!
~William Allen Butler, "Nothing to Wear"
A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool. ~Author Unknown
There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real, and vice versa. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
My crown is in my heart, not in my head,
Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen; my crown is called contentment;
A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.
I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together. I'm not quite sure where that is just yet. But I know what it's like.... It's like Tiffany's.... Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it's tacky to wear diamonds before you're forty... ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds. ~Mary Worley Montagu
Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior. ~Juvenal
Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world, without them it is like a great rough diamond, very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but most prized when polished. ~Lord Chesterfield
In the age of acorns, before the times of Ceres, a single barley-corn had been of more value to mankind than all the diamonds of the mines of India. ~Henry Brooke
Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies,
But keep your fancy free.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. ~Benjamin Franklin
Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind. ~William R. Alger
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile? ~Lynn Hecht Schafran
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography. ~Federico Fellini
She is mine own,
And I as rich in having such a jewel
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
Opal is the multi-gem. ~Terri Guillemets
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. ~Honore de Balzac
The most precious jewels are not made of stone, but of flesh. ~Robert Ludlum