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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Congratulations Diana!


The New York Mineralogical Club (NYMC) announced that fellow member and NYMC Bulletin columnist Diana Jarrett received three prestigious awards for articles submitted by NYMC to the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies Inc., (EFMLS) a 60 year old association of over 150 affiliated groups and a membership of 10,000 plus individuals. The EFMLS annual writing competition has several categories including Original-Non Technical Articles and Written Features both of which earned Jarrett awards.


Third place honors went to Jarrett for Rough & Tumbled, a report on the rise in popularity of tumbled gemstones used in couture jewelry. Her story Consumer -v- Collector, in sixth place, distinguished between indiscriminate consumerism and purposeful gemstone collecting. Both of those articles appeared in Southern Jewelry News and Mid America Jewelry News. Seventh place went to her rutilated quartz report, Like Finding a Needle in a Gemstone, published in Jewellery Business.


One judge remarked, "How do I judge the merits of this wonderfully written and interesting article as compared to the many 'ordinary' writers? Shall I hold you to a higher standard? A dilemma. Clearly you write well, and often. I googled Diana Jarrett gemologist and over 300,000 hits came up. Incredible."


Jarrett has contributed gemstone stories to NYMC for five years. The prestigious gem and mineral society was organized in 1886 by George Frederick Kunz, the father of modern gemology. The club meets at the historic American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where it will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2011.


Jarrett's brand strength lies with her in-depth familiarity of the subjects she writes about and her knowledge of the diamond and gemstone sector. Her allies in gem producing regions keep her connected to developments that affect the global market.


Jarrett's popular blog Color-n-Ice and her column The Story Behind the Stone in Southern and Mid America Jewelry News have been first-reads since 2005.


At Farlang, an elite online jewelry community, she serves as Editor in Chief, conducting exclusive interviews with top designers and auctioneers.


At Jewelry Website Designers; www.jewelrywebsitedesigners.com she creates original website content exclusively for members of the jewelry trade.


Contact Diana Jarrett through her website: www.dianajarrett.com

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