The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.
Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles.
These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.
I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than one you buy for yourself.
There is in them a softer fire than the ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald - all shining together in incredible union. Some by their splendor rival the colors of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil.
~Pliny, about the opal
I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.
There are worlds in an opal.
Perhaps time's definition of coal is the diamond.
As though pure white snow flashed and sparkled with the color of bright ruddy wine, and was overcome by this radiance.
~Author unknown, about opal
Don't ever wear artistic jewelry; it wrecks a woman's reputation.
~Colette, Gigi, 1944, translated
No gold-digging for me; I take diamonds! We may be off the gold standard someday.
This diamond has so many carats it's almost a turnip.
I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very very good but a diamond and a sapphire bracelet lasts forever.
Gold! gold! gold! gold!
Bright and yellow, hard and cold!
The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, the emerald green leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me wherever I go. Jewelry has become my daytime link to nature in an office with no windows. And if I have to work late, there's nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx night sky.
~Astrid Alauda, "Office With No Windows"
My husband gave me a necklace. It's fake. I requested fake. Maybe I'm paranoid, but in this day and age, I don't want something around my neck that's worth more than my head.
Opal is the multi-gem.
Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.
~Minnie Richard Smith, "Stick to Your Job"
The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rich and rare were the gems she wore,
And a bright gold ring on her hand she bore.
Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.
October's child is born for woe,
And life's vicissitudes must know;
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.
Now the melancholy God protect thee, and the tailor make thy garments of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is opal.
~William Shakespeare, The Twelfth Night
With melted opals for my milk,
Pearl-leaf for my cracker.
Posy and pearls
Amethyst and gold
Forever you and I
Our precious love to hold.
The three rings of marriage are the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering.
But not gold in commercial quantities,
Just enough gold to make the engagement rings
And marriage rings of those who owned the farm.
What gold more innocent could one have asked for?
I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
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.
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...
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.
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
If my love to you can't be said in a posy, it can't be said in a library.
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.
Our love is a posy
Encircling our lives.
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.
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.
Poesy engraved on the ring
Love engraved on my heart.
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, this is not 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.
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.
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
Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung.
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.
Brief as the posy
Briefer yet my time
on earth with you.
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
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
Diamonds are a girl's best friend and a man's worst enemy.
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.
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.
~William R. Alger
The countless gold of a merry heart,
The rubies and pearls of a loving eye,
The indolent never can bring to the mart,
Nor the secret hoard up in his treasury.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Clasp my love around your neck,Wear my heart on your finger.
My soul will be your pendant:
I live to adorn you -
You're the precious one.
~Grey Livingston, "Genuine Adoration"
Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile?
~Lynn Hecht Schafren
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
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.
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.