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Costume Institute gunmetal and zirconia pendant choker, $75; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia mixed cross bracelet, $50; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia pendant necklace, $90; at store.metmuseum.org.
The company makes nanocrystals — specks of zirconia a fraction of the width of a strand of hair — that can be added to polymers and coatings to improve the adhesiveness of specialty glues and improve refraction in LED lights.
The best outfits employ staffers with appraisal skills who can tell whether Uncle Bob’s wingback chair is a valuable antique and determine if those family diamonds are really cubic zirconia.
For an attention-grabbing embellished choker, check out Fallon Jewelry's extra large netted cubic zirconia model that is on sale ($495; modaoperandi.com) or Jennifer Behr's wide Swarovski crystal interpretation ($825; jenniferbehr.com). 2.
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