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Sunday, April 30, 2017

In 1914, pearl farmers began growing cultured freshwater pearls using the pearl mussels native to Lake Biwa. This lake, the largest and most ancient in Japan, lies near the city of Kyoto. The extensive and successful use of the Biwa Pearl Mussel is reflected in the name Biwa pearls, a phrase which was at one time nearly synonymous with freshwater pearls in general.

Gorgeous boho necklace. Biwa pearls

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Emerald crystals with Pyrite

#jewelleryfacts365 270/365 Diamond fact

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas is the world's only diamond mine open to the public and this is a dig-for-fee operation for tourists and rock enthusiasts. An average of 74,000 visitors comes to the park each year. About one out of 100 visitors find a diamond.

The Crater of Diamonds State Park

Craft day

What I knitted while taking a break from blogging...

Crocheted baby bonnet

#jewelleryfacts365 269/365 Platinum fact

Friday, April 28, 2017

South Africa produces 80% of the world production and has most of the world's known platinum deposits.

An aerial photograph of a platinum mine in South Africa.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Synthetic diamonds found industrial applications almost immediately after their invention in the 1950s; another 570,000,000 carats (114,000 kg) of synthetic diamond is produced annually for industrial use.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Platinum is strong and sturdy. Renowned for its superior durability, it will not wear away over time and will not change shape the way many other metals will.

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Capillano suspension bridge, April, 15, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#jewelleryfacts365 266/365 Silver fact

More than 2/3 of the silver produced worldwide is a by product of lead, copper and zinc mining.

Red Dog mine
In 2008 the mine produced 515,200 metric tons (507,100 LT; 567,900 ST) of zinc, 122,600 metric tons (120,700 LT; 135,100 ST) of lead, and 283 metric tons (9,100,000 ozt) of silver, for a total metal value of over one billion dollars.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

 Most freshwater cultured pearls sold today come from China.

Art Nouveau necklace with black pearls

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

In Ancient Rome, Nero supposedly watched gladiator fights through a large transparent emerald as he found the color to be calming.

Rough emerald. I am sure, Nero had a much better quality piece, thugh :)

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

During the European Industrial Revolution, people found that their .800 silver was tarnishing much faster than before - a reaction to the new pollutants in the air - from burning coal in the factories. .925 silver tarnishes not as much. Interesting enough, but we love tarnished silver and tarnish it with chemicals for a dramatic look!

Tarnished silver in the background for a more dramatic look

Craft Day

What I knitted while was taking a break from blogging..

I started with a tiny hat :) It is too small now for her, so I have re-used this yarn again for another hat by now:

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The engagement ring Prince Albert presented to Queen Victoria featured a serpent motif. The Victorians considered snakes to be symbols of eternity and there are many pieces from the era that feature snakes or serpentine design.

Queen Victoria's serpent ring

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chalcanthite / Helvetia mine, Arizona

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The largest nugget (and the second largest ever) still in existence is the "Hand of Faith", found in 1980 in Australia. It is currently on display at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.

Hand of Faith

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The De Beers company, as the world's largest diamond mining company, holds a dominant position in the industry, and has done so since soon after its founding in 1888 by Cecil Rhodes. De Beers is currently the world's largest operator of diamond production facilities (mines) and distribution channels for gem-quality diamonds.

Cecil John Rhodes PC (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902)[1] was a British businessman, mining magnate and politician in South Africa, who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fish amulets, like this nekhau, were given to young girls to wear as a charm against drowning. Some scholars suggest they functioned as “reminders of a watery environment,” to give the owner security, according to the catalog notes, “but it is much more likely that the amulet allowed the wearer to acquire the abilities of a fish, and therefore survival, if she happened to fall into the water.”

Beryl fish pendant

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Tanzanite is trichroic in nature, meaning that it radiates blue, violet, and burgundy from its crystallographic axes, depending upon the stone cut.

Tanzanite, Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania. 2 1/2″ tall.

Monday motivation

Corn maze, Pitt Meadows, September, 2016

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Our homestay student had two of his friends for a sleepover. What would they do in the house? Just watch TV? Isn't it too boring? We decided to give them something fun to do and took them to a corn maze. 
This is a map of the maze!

We took this "train" while the older kids were running inside that maze. It was driven by a tractor. Our four-year-old absolutely loved it and wanted to do it again and again!

Do you know what you are looking at? I wonder why they had those things there!

My husband wanted to surprise the kids and went in through the exit instead of the entrance. He's met them half way through the maze. They got surprised as planned :)

I took our son to the petting zoo. We stopped at this barn at first. There was nothing interesting there for a little boy...

Loved these rocking chairs! They were there for the parents who were waiting for the kids enjoying a big slide set on a hill.

This is a cool spot, but not for us, so we are passing by...

Here is the petting zoo! Do you see this bridge? Do you know what it is for? Keep scrolling, you'll see!

The kid loved these piggies the most:

He like the goats and the sheep too:

Remember the bridge for the picture above? :)

The older boys ran for this "train"!

Almost time for the sunset. We had a gorgeous sunset that day!

The steps to the slide that was across from the rocking chairs. I was more interested in the grass mower, though. This is one substantial grass mower! 

We've missed the pig races :(

Still waiting for my gorgeous sunset...

The boys found the rolling down the hill was fun (all the boys you see in the picture!)

My patience has been rewarded! Here is why I enjoyed that trip:

While boys were buying sweets at the souvenir shop, I was looking around at the nice things they had there. How do you like this hand crocheted doily? 

We have done everything we could there, except for the hay ride. We've been promised that in 20 minutes, so we stayed and waited.

It was almost completely dark when they finally got us a driver. They boys loved it!

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