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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bracelets with Portrait Miniatures
Gold, silver, cut diamonds, rock crystal and miniatures; polished and painted. 17x2.2 cm, Russia. St Petersburg. 1760s.
State Hermitage Museum

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A fragment of the oldest known pearl jewelry, found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC, is displayed in the Louvre in Paris

Party nails

Monday, May 30, 2016

Love roses! What a great idea Roza had to use a rose design for the nails!


#jewelleryfacts365 120/365 Silver facts

Silver is so soft in its pure form, it must be mixed with other metals, such as platinum, nickel and copper, to make it hard and durable enough to make jewelry and other items out of.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rutile crystals on Hematite

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The most expensive gold coin in the world is the 1933 Double Eagle, which was sold at Sotheby's in New York in 2002 for $7.59 million.

Double Eagle

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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

Sold #ooak jewellery

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

Jewellery masterpieces

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"

Beautiful nature

Jewellery masterpieces

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Egyptian revival
Museum quality jewel with this rock crystal and enamel Cleopatra pendant by Gustave Baugrand,
first presented at the Paris World Fair in 1867.

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Jacques Cartier traded a double stranded natural pearl necklace valued at $1.2 million for a mansion on 5th Avenue in NYC where he opened a Cartier store and headquarters in 1916.

Cartier is in the former Morton F. Plant House on Fifth Avenue in New York

Party nails

Monday, May 23, 2016

What a lovely idea for nail design by Roza


#jewelleryfacts365 113/365 Roman jewellery fact

The rings worn by the men in Ancient Roman were not just expensive ornaments, they also served a practical purpose and were used to seal documents as a sign of authenticity. Official documents were not signed, but sealed; and the seal was good in law.

ROMAN PRAETORIAN LIONESS INTAGLIO SIGNIFIER'S RING
Material: Bronze and Carnelian
Era: Intaglio, 1st to 2nd Century AD - Ring, 3rd Century AD

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fire Agate with amazing Sagenite Spray
Photo by Thomas Shearer

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Because diamonds can withstand extremely high temperatures and corrosive conditions, and because they are transparent to most forms of light and electromagnetic radiation, they are ideal for use as windows in industry and in space probes, including the 1978 Pioneer space probe to the surface of Venus. Eight of the windows were sapphire and one was a diamond. (source)

CLEAR VIEW of Venusian atmosphere was possible on Pioneer Venus probe because of this diamond window the size of two pennies stacked together.
Mal Meredith, NASA Systems Division associate manager, inspects the window during probe assembly in El Segundo last February.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

The youngest diamond is 900 million years old, however scientist can grow synthetic diamonds averaging 2.5 carats in 4 days.

An Industrial Diamond Manufacturing Factory In England Where Synthetic Diamonds Are Made.

Bead Day

Second Hand Furniture Shop in Rye
Photo by Gareth Williams

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Rhodochrosite with Quartz
From the Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Park County, Colorado.

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Around 26,000 kilograms (57,000 lb) of diamonds are mined around the world every year.

Kimberlite (diamond bearing rock) forming

Jewellery photography

Organic silver and copper art pendant with maple leaf ornament and BC Jade.

Art Nouveau necklace with dragonflies



Jewellery masterpieces

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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More than 250 tons of ore need to be blasted, crushed and processed to produce just one carat of rough diamond.

Kimberlite
(Premier Kimberlite Pipe; Premier Mine, near Cullinan, northeastern South Africa)

Throwback Thursday

Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Australia 2011


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Watermelon tourmaline on Quartz (museum piece from Washington DC)

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Jewish high priests turned to diamonds to decide the innocence or guilt of the accused: a stone held before a guilty person was supposed to dull and darken, while when held before an innocent one to glow with increased brilliance.

Beautiful nature

Jewellery masterpieces. Antique coral brooch

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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The most expensive piece of jewelry created for a movie was Nicole Kidman’s necklace in Moulin Rouge.

Stefano Canturi

Party nails

Monday, May 16, 2016

Very summery nail design by Roza.
Lovely!


#jewelleryfacts365 106/365 Diamond fact

Lab-created diamonds possess the identical chemical structure and physical properties as diamonds mined from the earth. Even professional gemologists can’t tell the difference between lab-created and mined diamonds without extensive testing using specialized equipment. 

Monday motivation


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

There is more steel created per hour than there has been gold dug up throughout history.

Pouring a 425-ounce gold bar

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Today, Fort Knox holds about 147.3 million ounces of gold.

Fort Knox

Bead Day

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Fluorite from Denton Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois, USA (specimen: Fine Mineral International, photography: James Elliott

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A carat was originally a unit of mass based on the carob seed used by ancient merchants. There are 5 carats in one gram.

Carob seeds

Jewellery photography

Handmade mixed metal earrings (sterling silver and brass),
Stones:swarovski crystals set in 24k glass beads and CZ

Handmade mixed metal earrings (sterling silver and copper),
Stones:swarovski crystals set in 24k glass beads and CZ

Handmade earrings (sterling silver and copper),
the mesh is crocheted with black plastic covered wire and Swarovski crystals

Jewellery masterpieces. Dragon ring

Thursday, May 12, 2016

#jewelleryfacts365 102/365 Gold fact

An ounce of gold can be drawn into a wire 60 miles long.

High-grade gold ore from the Harvard Mine, Jamestown, California, a wide quartz-gold vein in California's Mother Lode. Specimen is 3.2 cm wide.

Throwback Thursday

Melbourne, Australia, 2011


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Opals are frequently created as triplets, meaning the stone is assembled from three pieces. Opal triplets are composed of a rock quartz layer over genuine opal joined to a base. Triplets resist marring, and the quartz acts to play up the brilliance of the genuine stone.

Raw opal

Beautiful nature

Jewellery masterpieces

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

#jewelleryfacts365 100/365 Aztec jewelry

There were strict rules about who could wear what in the Aztec culture. According to ancient sources, only the Aztec ruler and great lords could wear lip plugs, ear plugs and nose ornaments of gold and valued stones such as turquoise and jade. You didn’t want to get caught by the fashion police because punishment could be harsh.

Aztec nose ornament

Party nails

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lovely nail design by Roza!


 
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