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Rare & Beautiful: Gifts of the Earth and Sea

By Manon Crespi

Anissa Carroll’s passion for gemstones awakened as a child when she started making jewelry, and really started to flourish when she began studying gemstones and antique, period-style and famous-maker jewelry.

She is a gemologist graduate from the Gemological Institute of America, and has been working with the International Gemological Institute, known for its independent evaluations and grading of diamonds and colored gemstones, for the past 27 years.

Carroll travels extensively around the world to appraise jewelry for her private clients, but took time out for Elite Traveler readers to highlight some of her picks of the earth and seas’ finest gemstones.

Take a look at these exquisite gems, beautifully wrapped in platinum, gold, silver and copper, just in time for the holidays.