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A GoldSmith's workshop circa 1572

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A GoldSmith's workshop circa 1572

The Studiolo was a room in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, where the paintings concealed the...

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All February Babies are Amethyst Babies

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All February Babies are Amethyst Babies

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the ancient Greek  ("not") and ("intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is a semi-precious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February.   Hardness is 7 in Mohs Scale   Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, (the...

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The History of Jewelry

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The History of Jewelry

The first signs of jewelry being made and worn dates to over 100,000 thousand years ago, basically the dawn of time.  People of all cultures wore jewelry that signified their status, social or official rank, religious or political affiliation and of course for personal adornment. Even as far as Stone Age, our ancestors found a way to create many types of jewelry made from materials such as stones, feathers, leather, bones, wood, shells, minerals and later precious metals and gemstones. The ability to forge bronze and copper some 7 thousand years ago into many shapes finally enabled the creation of...

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The 4 C's of Diamonds

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The 4 C's of Diamonds

The 4 C’s                                                                                             Source: GIA Color, Clarity, Carat Weight and the misleading C, the Cut. Color: The diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. The diamond color-grading system measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to master-stones of established color value. Many of these color distinctions are so subtle that they are invisible to the untrained eye; however, these distinctions make a very...

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