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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.  ~Author Unknown

Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles.  ~Sonja Henie

These gems have life in them:  their colors speak, say what words fail of.  ~George Eliot

Truth is the diamond of the soul, as its pearl is purity and its ruby love, while the topaz is knowledge, and the sapphire wisdom. ~Ouina (Cora L. V. Scott Richmond), given through her Medium "Water Lily," "Diamond Drops," Ouina's Canoe, 1882

I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than one you buy for yourself.  ~Mae West

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.  ~Mae West

There are worlds in an opal. ~Terri Guillemets

Perhaps time's definition of coal is the diamond.  ~Kahlil Gibran

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.  ~Mae West

This diamond has so many carats it's almost a turnip.  ~Richard Burton

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.  ~Anita Loos

Gold! gold! gold! gold!
Bright and yellow, hard and cold!
~Thomas Hood

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.  ~Rita Rudner

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.
~Thomas Moore

Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old, second hand diamonds than none at all. ~Mark Twain

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.
~Author Unknown

As a girl of twenty-two who can play golf, and swim, and steer a boat, and run an automobile, I care little whether my dress is a dream, my hair a poem, or my suitor a prince. And yet — and yet, I have at times a frightful hankering after luxury and jewels. It's in the blood, I suppose. Ah, me! ~Laura L. Livingstone (Herbert Dickinson Ward), Lauriel: The Love Letters of an American Girl, 1901  [a little altered —tg]

You are ice and fire...
You are cold and flame.
You are the crimson of amaryllis,
The silver of moon-touched magnolias.
When I am with you,
My heart is a frozen pond
Gleaming with agitated torches.
~Amy Lowell, "Opal," Pictures of the Floating World, 1919

Now, the melancholy god protect thee; and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal. ~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, c.1599  [II, 4, Feste]

With melted opals for my milk,
Pearl-leaf for my cracker.
~Gwendolyn Brooks

Let us still believe that the nerves proceed from the heart, and not from the brain, and that the heart is the seat of consciousness, and that the ring-finger is (as Aulus Gellius asserts) in the most direct communication with it! ~John Evans, "Posy-Rings," 1892

The three rings of marriage are the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering. ~Author Unknown

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?
~Robert Frost

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage.  They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.  ~Rita Rudner

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...
~Anne Sexton

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.
~Author Unknown

For me the diamond dawns are set
In rings of beauty...
~John Townsend Trowbridge

You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel. ~Richard Bach, Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit, 1994

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.
~Robert Herrick

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. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Some men's memory is like a box where a man should mingle his jewels with his old shoes.  ~George Savile

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

Win her with gifts, if she respect not words:
Dumb jewels often in their silent kind
More than quick words do move a woman's mind.
~William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, c.1594  [III, 1, Valentine]

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 on my head;
Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen: my crown is called content:
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.
~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, c.1590  [III, 1, Henry VI]

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.
~A.E. Housman

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

Not for the world: why, man, 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.
~William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, c.1594  [II, 4, Valentine]

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

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