When Graduate Gemologist Lou Guarino was recently asked
to design a pin for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright,
he was honored. In just a few short weeks Lou designed and
completed the pin and presented it to Dr. Albright, an avid
collector, at a speaking engagement for the Pittsburgh Middle
East Institute in November. The gorgeous monogram pin, the first
in her collection, is made of 18k white gold and diamonds, set with
rose gold pave diamond flowers, 18k yellow gold olive branches
(a symbol of peace) and briolette cut garnets as olives. Garnet is
the national stone of Albright’s native country, the Czech Republic.
Lou generously donated the pin to Dr. Albright for her private
collection under one condition. “My only request is that it
becomes her favorite pin, and she wear it on the cover of her
next book,” joked Lou.