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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain mollusks as a defense mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite inside the shell, or an attack from outside that injures the mantle tissue. The mollusk creates a pearl sac to seal off the irritation. Pearls are thus the result of an immune response.

Pearl forming mollusk

Bead Day

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Tabular Wulfenite on matrix Rowley Mine, Arizona

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The oldest worked-gold objects, the products of the ancient Thracian civilization, were made as early as 4000 BC, and were discovered at a burial site in Varna, Bulgaria.

Thracian treasure
Golden treasure found at the Great Sveshtari Mound

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Sterling silver maple leaf earrings plated with 24k gold leaf with a keum-boo technique

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Emerald is the most famous member of the beryl family. Legends endowed the wearer with the ability to foresee the future when emerald was placed under the tongue, as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells. Emerald was once also believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria. (source)

The Hooker Emerald Brooch is an emerald brooch designed by Tiffany & Co.. As of 2010, the brooch is on display in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., United States.

Throwback Thursday

An old shop at the Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Australia, 2011




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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Pearls were used in mourning or memorial jewelry during the Georgian and Victorian eras and symbolized tears.
Georgian Pearl & Woven Hair Mourning Ring
Period: Georgian, c. 1800
Description: Stunning antique mourning ring, set with a rectangle of seed pearls and a tightly woven lock of hair behind a glass panel. The head is finished with a black enamelled trim. The band is modelled in 15ct rose gold, and shoulders display a "twisted" metal design. There is an inscription to the back of the head: "G. C. L. Wright Bar. Ob. 31st Dec 1809. Aet 40"

 
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