All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. ~Federico Fellini
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls. ~Honore de Balzac
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. ~Benjamin Franklin
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
I have always felt a gift diamond shines so much better than one you buy for yourself. ~Mae West
The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls. ~Jean de la Bruyere, translated from French, Les Caracteres
The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"
Now the melancholy God protect thee, and the tailor make thy garments of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is opal. ~William Shakespeare, The Twelfth Night
Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior. ~Juvenal
Mysterious opals contain the wonders of the skies – sparkling rainbows, fireworks, and lightning, shifting and moving in their depths. ~Author Unknown
If my love to you can’t be said in a posy, it can’t be said in a library. ~Grey Livingston
Some men’s memory is like a box where a man should mingle his jewels with his old shoes. ~George Savile
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, Travels With My Aunt, Pt 2, Ch 7, 1969
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
This diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip. ~Richard Burton
Gold! gold! gold! gold!
Bright and yellow, hard and cold!
~Thomas HoodMiss Kilmansegg – Her Moral
Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. ~Chinese Proverb
The countless gold of a merry heart,
The rubies and pearls of a loving eye,
The indolent never can bring to the mart,
Nor the secret hoard up in his treasury.
I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond. ~Mae West
Don’t ever wear artistic jewelry; it wrecks a woman’s reputation. ~Colette, Gigi, 1944, translated
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. ~Thomas Carlyle
Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all. ~Mark Twain
Clasp my love around your neck,
Wear my heart on your finger.
My soul will be your pendant:
I live to adorn you –
You’re the precious one.
~Grey Livingston, "Genuine Adoration"
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and a man’s worst enemy. ~Author Unknown
Among Life’s precious jewels,
Genuine and rare,
The one that we call friendship
Has worth beyond compare.
There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real, and vice versa. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
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
Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles. ~Sonja Henie
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, New Hampshire
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
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. ~Peter Marshall
Posy and pearls
Amethyst and gold
Forever you and I
Our precious love to hold.
Perhaps time’s definition of coal is the diamond. ~Kahlil Gibran
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
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
Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung. ~William Morris
Poesy engraved on the ring
Love engraved on my heart.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. ~Chinese Proverb