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Gems and jewels

DIAMONDS AREN’T THE

ONLY BEST FRIEND A GIRL

CAN HAVE. Gemstones of all varieties continue to dazzle and delight. today, there are many choices for women as everything from tanzanite to tourmaline is in high demand. bernie Kirckof, owner of bernie’s

lapidary Jewelers, has been in the gemstone business since 1954. “you learn what clients want after being in the business for that long,” co-owner carole Kirckof said. carole and bernie work with cli- ents all over the globe, often tracking down special stones for a certain cus- tomer. “recently, we sold a very rare and special chameleon diamond,” carole said. “it was 14.27 carats and was one of the top five largest ever sold in the world.”

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BY LEANN YAKLE

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1. Diamond - cool. classic. brilliant.

GEMSTONES TOP 10

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2. Sapphire - bright. brilliant. lots of shades from pink, purple, orange, yellow, gold, green, and blue. 3. Garnet - a rainbow of colors — except blue.

4. Amethyst - the color of royalty. timeless. universal. 5. Peridot - a gem born of fire.

chartreuse and very fashion-minded. 6. Tourmaline - King of color.

Often more than one color appears in a stone.

7. Topaz - the hues of an ocean sunset. very affordable. 8. Ruby - the king of gems. rare.

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colors range from deep, purple-red to orange-red. 9. Tanzanite - a modern gem of intense color. it has the ability to exhibit more than one color when viewed from different directions.

10. Aquamarine - the softer side of blue. it sparkles like the sea touched by the sun.

Also very popular are: Citrine, Spinel, Opal, Amber, and Emerald.

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Posh Purse!

BY ASHLEY STEWART PHOTO BY ERIC JOHNSON

MANY WOMEN TODAY can

be seen carrying everything but the kitchen sink in their purses — causing straps to break, shoulders to ache and time to vanish when items disap- pear into the cluttered abyss. this is not quite what the Girl scout troop leader ordered when she preached, “be prepared!” so, here is your guide to down-sizing and simplifying as the days get warmer and spring cleaning com- mences. follow these rules soon so you won’t lose any other to-do lists in that mess!

Must-Haves...

• charged cell phone • wallet

• hand sanitizer • pain killers, tissues, band-aids • mints and gum

• make-up • camera • compact mirror • travel brush or comb

• daily planner and mechanical pencils

Absolutely Don’t Forget...

• pepper spray • a trusty whistle * check out “Outsmart an attacker” on page 15 to see why.

Need-Nots...

• social security card (try to memorize your social security number and keep your original card at home in a safe place.) • unwrapped food • an excessive amount of change • liquids (if you need to carry a beverage around with you, make sure the bot- tle or container is sealed tightly.) • chocolate

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