Jewelry in general most often tells a story—milestones, great romances and souvenirs are just a few reasons that propel purchases. But then there are pieces that begin with a story before they even hit glass cases, whether the designer’s tales in materials to themes or universal narratives that are plain for all eyes to see. The stories are endless—flora and fauna, and references to art and architecture are some traditional applications. Sometimes they dig a little deeper into political and social commentary, while others delight, humor and shock in a surreal sense. In short, you’ll always have a gem of a story.