Virtually all of the Inkas' golden treasure was melted down, first in a vain attempt to ransom their captured king. Then, after his execution, more gold was commandeered to fill the coffers of the Spanish treasury.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
In 1939, the German physician, Werner Hangarter, noticed that Finnish copper miners were unaffected by arthritis as long as they worked in the mining industry. (source)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Benitoite is an unusual mineral found only in the southern part of the Mount Diablo range near the San Benito-Fresno border in California. Because of its similarity in color, it was initially thought to be sapphire. Benitoite is unique in that it crystallizes in a class of the hexagonal system which has a trigonal axis of symmetry. Large stones are unheard of and this stone is not only rare, but also quite attractive. Prices for 1ct. stones could easily exceed prices for almost any diamonds in a similar weight range.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Bixbite is the red variety of Beryl, and is classified in the same family as Emerald. This very rare gemstone was mined only at the Wah Wah Mountains deposit in Utah and this deposit is finished for now. The last operators had to totally restore the site when they passed on their option. Anyone wishing to go back and re-open the mine will spend millions just removing the overburden. There may still be red beryl in the ground but it hasn't proven to be economical to pull it out. The largest stones in the world are less than 3cts. in weight and there is zero new production. A fine top color bixbite, even a slightly included one could fetch prices exceeding even the best 1ct. sized diamonds.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Some suggest that since Neanderthal times gifts were exchanged as tokens of a special relationship. However the origin of an actual ring being given as a token of love appears to date back to Ancient Egypt, about 5000 years ago. We know this through archaeological evidence which found hieroglyphics depicting wedding bands.
The Egyptian grooms would take plant stems from reeds and rushes, and they’d twist and plait them into rings and bracelets which would then be presented to their brides.
It is believed the Egyptians considered the circular shape a symbol of ever-lasting love and good omens, as it is also the shape of the holy Sun and the Moon.
The hole in the centre of the ring was symbolic of the unknown things to come in their new life as a married couple.
Like many of us today, the Egyptians wore their wedding ring on the 4th finger of the left hand. The origin of this custom is from the belief that there was a vein running from this ring finger, all the way to the heart. So by wearing a ring on this finger you are saying that the person who gave you that ring has a direct link to your heart.