|Dioptase. Locality: Tantara Mine, Kakounde, Likasi, Shaba Congo D.R. Size: Specimen is 1.2 inches tall.|
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
|Cheyenne Beaded Saddle & Sash w Beaded Saddle Cover|
A superb example of American Indian horse regalia. Circa 1960s.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
|Mikimoto pearl necklace|
Star sapphires usually have six ray stars, but twelve ray stars are also known.
|12-Ray Star Sapphire|
Great Ocean Road, Australia, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
|Coral Tiara by Platimiro Fiorenza from Trapani, Sicily|
Monday, July 25, 2016
According to the story of Marco Polo, Kublai Khan offered the King of Ceylon a city in exchange for a large ruby. The offer was rejected.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Jade was first identified in Canada by Chinese settlers in 1886 in British Columbia. At this time jade was considered worthless as they were searching for gold. Jade was not commercialized in Canada until the 1970s.
|Copper and sterling silver pendant with BC jade|
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The value of jade is determined according to its colour and the intensity of that colour, the vivacity and texture, and its clarity and transparency. In the USA and Europe, emerald green, spinach green and apple green are regarded as particularly valuable. In the Far East, on the other hand, pure white or a fine yellow with a delicate pink undertone is highly esteemed.
|Platinum, Jadeite and Diamond Pendant-Brooch, Circa 1920|
Friday, July 22, 2016
The Mayas, Aztecs and Olmecs of Central America honoured and esteemed jade more highly than gold. In China a good piece of jade could buy towns or start wars.
|Maya jade burial mask|
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Almost every color of tourmaline can be found in Brazil, especially in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Bahia. In 1989, miners discovered a unique and brightly colored variety of tourmaline in the state of Paraíba. The new type of tourmaline, which soon became known as paraiba tourmaline, came in blue and green.
|Rough Paraiba tourmaline|
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Some clear topaz crystals from Brazilian pegmatites can reach boulder size and weigh hundreds of pounds. Crystals of this size may be seen in museum collections.
|Woman with large topaz crystal from Brazil, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.|
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Turquoise has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 17th century, is derived from the French turques for "Turks", because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from mines in the historical Khorasan Province of Persia.
|Renaissance ring, Italian, 16th to early 17th century - gold, turquoise, rock crystal|
Native American Indians had as many different words for turquoise as there were languages spoken. Many of the words translated into English as the sky stone.
|Native american chief ring|
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Marcasite has a rich, storied history. Favored by everyone from the Incas to Louis XIV, it was widely used in Georgian England to make buckles and hair accessories. Its shiny quality made it the most successful diamond substitute; and its ability to produce sparks made it the perfect replacement for flint in early firearms.
|Onyx Marcasite Vintage Jewelry Sterling Silver by DLSpecialties|
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Beautiful and unusual antique marble and tole table lamp with great 3-d flowers in the base. The Half Moon shade covered in 1920s printed lamé with an almost watercolor effect. Colored metallic net are in the side panels. Front panels have overlays of exceptional large antique ribbon flowers from France. Wonderful large scale finial has a great garden ornament patina on it. Double layer beaded fringe adorn the bottom. This is a good size table lamp and stands 29 inches high to the top of the finial.
Carnelian was a common stone in ancient Egypt. However, it was often used together with the stones that were considered precious (turquoise and lapis lazuli) due to its religious significance. (source)
Friday, July 15, 2016
The violence associated with removing the pearls from their natural abode has given the pearl a bit of a reputation as being unlucky.
|La Peregrina is famous unlucky pearl|
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Great Ocean Road, Australia, 2011
The expense of perfect pearls brought about a curious notion for a wealth increasing spell in ancient times. The owner would select a particularly fine specimen, infuse it with the desire and wish for wealth and riches, then throw it away into a rubbish heap. The idea behind this sympathetic magic was that someone with the wealth to throw away pearls was rich indeed. (source)
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The most popular mythology surrounding amethyst is from ancient Greece. The word “amethyst” is of Greek origin and is translated as- “amethystus” meaning not drunken, or intoxicated (“-methystos” from “methyein” or intoxicated, “methy” = wine).
|Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara|
Monday, July 11, 2016
It was a boring day on the first of July at our house. It was a very slow Sunday, nice and warm. We did nothing all day and I started to think that we probably should have a nap time after jumping on the trampoline. That plan was just minutes away from being fulfilled when my husband suddenly said: "You have 30 minutes do get dressed and we will go out". He promised a long drive so our 4 y.o would have his nap in the car.
He told me to bring our cameras as we possibly were going to a botanical garden :)
I filmed a piece of the Sea to sky highway that we took to show the rock on the right-side of the road that they had to blow up to make the road wider for the Olympics in 2010. It was a road to the ferry and I could not believe that he was taking us to the island to a garden there (there is a world famous garden there that I hope to get to one day, hopefully earlier than fife years from now ;)
No, the ferry was not our end destination... This is what we saw when we finally stopped! This is the Sea to Sky Gondola. You cannot even see where it goes. It is a long ride! Now I knew why it was important to bring video camera :)
Is it going to be scary going up? Not as scary as going down! Here is 7,5 minute video of going up. Enjoy the ride with us:
I had no idea there was a suspension bridge there too! Nice surprise!
We already knew that our little one did not like suspension bridges (if you remember the Cascade Falls, we tried it there), so Gabriel and me went first. Then Gabriel went the second time when it was Nick's turn and I stayed with our son to wait for them.
There are many trails at the top. Some are short and some are long. We looked at the map and found a lake not far from there. It was a small lake! Too bad the water lilies were sleeping already... I think they were pink.
I filmed that lake too:
The trail to that lake was very interesting! I filmed it on our way back:
This section was fun:
Then we found the first view point:
Here is video from the same view point:
I tried to film the rock it was built on:
Then we took a really nice trail to get to the next view point. It was so nice, we could have a pram for the kid so my husband would not have to carry him on his shoulders. It was worth getting there! The trail was not that long. It said 1,6 km there and back, but it felt a lot shorter. I do not think we walked that much, we probably took a shortcut.
...and I filmed it too, of course:
There was a band playing music at the restaurant by the gondola. We listened to it for a few minutes. I realized that I had not taken any pictures from that view point yet. So, that was what I did:
We had a picnic when we came up, but we were hungry at the end of our trip. It was time to return down and find a place to eat. Now you will see how really scary the ride has been:
We checked out this playground while Gabriel tried to choose a gift for his sister who had left to go back home to her parents at the end of June:
There was a flower there! (Ok, I've gotten my flower picture, so I am happy now... just kidding, I would be just fine without any flower pictures in this trip :)
Squamish is an interesting place! I could not take a picture from the car, so I tried to film it instead:
Sea to sky highway is not the safest one in BC. There are the blown up rocks on one side and the ocean on another side. The road is very twisty and it is missing dividers in the middle at some curves. I filmed a few road sections to show that.
I cannot believe that the whole trip took us only 5 hours! It was a long day and still not finished by 9 p.m. I will look forward to other days like this!