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The most famous jewelry quotes of all time

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Alluring, sophisticated, and precious, jewels and gemstones are truly ancient and modern icons. Discover what famous personalities have to say about the world of jewelry and gems. Explore the best and most comprehensive list of jewelry quotes.

Jewelry has been inspiring the history of humankind for centuries.

With their deep colors, perfect shapes, and pure, precious materials, jewels and gemstones are part of the universe of iconic movie stars, writers, musicians, designers, artists, and celebrated historical characters.

Have you ever wondered what entertainment stars, philosophers, or independent artists say or think about jewelry? Take a look at the sentences about gems and jewels that have made history.

Some of the following phrases are fun; others are true life statements or love messages to jewelry pieces, precious and semi-precious stones, and timeless ornaments.

What are your favorite jewelry quotes?

I have tons of jewelry. I like to wear a lot of it.
Amber Tamblyn

I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very good, but a diamond and a sapphire bracelet last forever.
Anita Loos

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

Opal is the multi-gem.
Astrid Alauda

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
Benjamin Franklin

Each day is a gem, different in kind, size, and color, and yours to polish!
Carolanne Reynolds

In Beverly Hills, they have real jewelry and fake people. In West Virginia, we have fake jewelry but real people.
Cecil B. Roberts

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.
Chinese Proverb

A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.
Coco Chanel

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

The Milanese have made bad choices, bad fashion, and bad jewelry.
Christian Lacroix

Don’t ever wear artistic jewelry; it wrecks a woman’s reputation.

Jewelry, to me, is a pain in the derriere because you have to be watching it all the time.
Eartha Kitt

My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.
Elizabeth Taylor

You can’t cry on a diamond’s shoulder, and diamonds won’t keep you warm at night, but they’re sure fun when the sun shines.
Elizabeth Taylor

I’ve never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I’m here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.
Elizabeth Taylor

I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance; you can only admire it.
Elizabeth Taylor

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Emma Goldman

At a flea market, I always head for the junk jewelry table first.
Ethel Merman

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.
Federico Fellini

There is just one piece of jewelry that is equally becoming to everybody, lovely with almost every ensemble, appropriate for almost any occasion, and indispensable in every woman’s wardrobe… long live the pearl necklace, true or false, from our first date until our last breath!
Genevieve Antoine Dariaux

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

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

The jewelry business is a very, very tough business – tougher than the computer business. You truly have to understand how to take care of your customers.
Guy Kawasaki

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

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

A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.
Henry Kissinger

In diving to the bottom of pleasure, we bring up more gravel than pearls.
Honore de Balzac

I obviously have a great love and appreciation of jewelry, thanks to my mother, much to the dismay of both my father and my boyfriends.
Ivanka Trump

If I had my way, I’d wear jewelry, a great pair of heels, and nothing else.
Jada Pinkett Smith

The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.
Jean de la Bruyere

For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory.
Jill Scott

Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.
John Lennon

A man’s got two shots for jewelry: a wedding ring and a watch. The watch is a lot easier to get on and off than a wedding ring.
John Mayer

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.

The earth is like a beautiful bride who needs no manmade jewels to heighten her loveliness.
Kahlil Gibran

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

My favorite thing in my wardrobe is my jewelry.
Kate Reardon

I feel undressed if I don’t have my pearls on. My pearls are my security blanket.
Lady Sarah Churchill

If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree, we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom.
Lemuel K. Washburn

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 future, I’d like to make jewelry and sell it under my own name. But right now, I’ve got enough on my plate!
L’Wren Scott

Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile?
Lynn Hecht Schafran

Jewelry and pins have been worn throughout history as symbols of power, sending messages. Interestingly enough, it was mostly men who wore the jewelry at various times, and obviously, crowns were part of signals that were being sent throughout history by people of rank.
Madeleine Albright

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

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.
Mae West

No gold-digging for me. I take diamonds! We may be off the gold standard someday.
Mae West

It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.
Mark Twain

Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring.
Mae West

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.
Mary Wortley Montagu

Dive into the sea of thought, and find there pearls beyond price.
Moses ibn Ezra

I feel naked without jewelry.
Olivia Thirlby

Marco Polo had seen the inhabitants of Zipangu place rose-colored pearls in the mouths of the dead. A sea monster had been enamored of the pearl that the diver brought to King Perozes and had slain the thief and mourned for seven moons over its loss.
Oscar Wilde

Jewelry should not upstage you. I pick one hot point on my body that I’m going to highlight. Let one area do the singing – you don’t want to hear three songs at once.
Padma Lakshmi

You don’t want your jewelry to make you look fat. A lot of what’s out there now does – you just wind up looking like a Christmas tree.
Padma Lakshmi

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
Peter Marshall

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 sulfur or of fire quickened by oil.

The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

My husband gave me a necklace. It’s fake. I requested a 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

The most precious jewels are not made of stone but of flesh.
Robert Ludlum

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 Dali

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
Samuel Johnson

I love jewelry – rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, you name it.
Sofia Vergara

Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.
Sonja Henie

A lot of the jewelry that I wear are fan gifts because they’re so awesome, and they give me great presents.
Taylor Swift

There are worlds in an opal.
Terri Guillemets

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
Thomas Carlyle

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

Rich and rare were the gems she wore, And a bright gold ring on her hand she bore.
Thomas Moore

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

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

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

A woman wears her tears like jewelry.
Unknown Author

Mysterious opals contain the wonders of the skies – sparkling rainbows, fireworks, and lightning, shifting and moving in their depths.
Unknown Author

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and a man’s worst enemy.
Unknown Author

A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person but a pebble in the hands of a fool.
Unknown Author

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Unknown Author

If you don’t know jewelry, know the jeweler.
Warren Buffet

There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real and vice versa.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung.
William Morris

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.
William R. Alger

Now the melancholy God protect thee, and the tailor make thy garments of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is opal.
William Shakespeare


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