In these stories Fred Feldmesser, an internationally known private jeweler, takes you inside the colorful and secretive world of the jewelry trade. You are at his side as he attends a private showing of the 62.02-carat Rockefeller sapphire, one of the most beautiful and valuable gems in the world. You are with him when he encounters colleagues in the Diamond District of New York and when he embarks on a search for what he calls a client s "correct stone." Most of all, these inspiring and moving stores are about people as they show how jewels and gemstones illuminate and enrich the most essential elements of their lives. You come to understand the complex relationship that joins people and jewels in a never-ending quest for beauty and for symbols that express the deepest experiences of the human condition. You will be touched by how Feldmesser uses gemstones to reach the hearts of profoundly ill children when he takes his sparkling, colorful world to the hospitals. Along the journey, you will learn about gemstones, their origins, and the famous mines that produce. And in the process you may become a more informed buyer of your own gemstones and jewelry, regardless of their value.