Do you know the “Jewel of Kings?”

Do you know the “Jewel of Kings?”
For ages, the Emerald has symbolized royalty along with eloquence, wit, and foresight.
The Jewel of Kings is also the birthstone for May.

In ancient times emeralds were considered sacred symbols of fertility and immortality. The emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old.
Legend says Cleopatra, perhaps

November equals Topaz & Citrine

Topaz: Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine. Topaz crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, and its crystals are mostly prismatic terminated by pyramidal and other faces. It is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals and is the hardest of any silicate (i.e., silicon-based) mineral. This hardness combined with its usual transparency andContinue reading “November equals Topaz & Citrine”

Anniversary Gifts by Year List

Here is a list of anniversary gifts by year. This is considered the modern U.S. list. Year Modern (U.S.) 1st Clock 2nd China 3rd Crystal, glass 4th Appliances (electrical) 5th Silverware 6th Wood objects 7th Desk sets/pen and pencil sets 8th Linens, lace 9th Leather Goods 10th Diamond jewelry 11th Fashion jewelry, accessories 12th Pearls,Continue reading “Anniversary Gifts by Year List”

The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 8

The Allnatt Diamond The Allnatt Diamond is a diamond measuring 101.29 carats (20.258 g) with a cushion cut, rated in color as Fancy Vivid Yellow by the Gemological Institute of America. This diamond is named after one of its holders, Major Alfred Ernest Allnatt, a soldier, sportsman, art patron, and benefactor. The Allnatt’s origins areContinue reading “The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 8”

The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 5

Tiffany Yellow Diamond Yellow Diamond |   128.54 carat |   N/A The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered; its carat weight was 287.42 carats (57.484 g) in the rough when discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa and was cut into a cushion shape of 128.54 caratsContinue reading “The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 5”

The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 4

The Moussaieff Red Diamond (formerly known as the Red Shield Diamond) is a diamond measuring 5.11 carats (1.022 g) with a triangular brilliant cut (sometimes called a trillion or a trilliant cut), rated in color as Fancy Red by the Gemological Institute of America. It is the world’s largest known red diamond, the rarest ofContinue reading “The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 4”


The origin of the Etruscans has been much debated but, according to present thinking, they were largely native Italians domiciled in central Italy, the modern Tuscany, who had developed their natural resources so skilfully that they became extremely wealthy. In return for their mineral and agricultural products, they were able to import luxuries from GreeceContinue reading “Etruscan…”

Bangle from 7 Century B. C.

What an amazing piece this is. To think how hard it was to make something so delicate and refined with the tools of the day. This bangle is hollow with the terminal section in the form of two ducks back to back, made separately from the main loop.

Not Intoxicated…

Amethyst: 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.Continue reading “Not Intoxicated…”

As far back as 3100BC- Garnets-January Birthstone

  Most folks don’t realize, (I am referring to many in the “jewelry” industry) they don’t know that Garnet comes in many different colors. From dark red to deep pink to golden orange to apple green… The garnet is so durable, remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age.Continue reading “As far back as 3100BC- Garnets-January Birthstone”

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