|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
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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
Monday, May 30, 2016
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.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
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.
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|
Friday, May 27, 2016
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.
Golden treasure found at the Great Sveshtari Mound
Thursday, May 26, 2016
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.|
An old shop at the Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Australia, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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"
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.
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|
Monday, May 23, 2016
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
Sunday, May 22, 2016
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.
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.|
|Second Hand Furniture Shop in Rye|
Photo by Gareth Williams
Friday, May 20, 2016
Around 26,000 kilograms (57,000 lb) of diamonds are mined around the world every year.
|Kimberlite (diamond bearing rock) forming|
|Organic silver and copper art pendant with maple leaf ornament and BC Jade.|
|Art Nouveau necklace with dragonflies|
Thursday, May 19, 2016
More than 250 tons of ore need to be blasted, crushed and processed to produce just one carat of rough diamond.
(Premier Kimberlite Pipe; Premier Mine, near Cullinan, northeastern South Africa)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The most expensive piece of jewelry created for a movie was Nicole Kidman’s necklace in Moulin Rouge.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Very summery nail design by Roza.
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.
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|
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Today, Fort Knox holds about 147.3 million ounces of gold.
Friday, May 13, 2016
|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
Thursday, May 12, 2016
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.|
Melbourne, Australia, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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|