Inimitable opal: 5 most interesting facts about stone
“Fiery”, “cosmic”, “stone of deceptive hopes”. This is two centuries unrivaled in its uniqueness. He was feared, he admired, but no one remained indifferent to him. The famous Roman writer…

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A stone with a multifaceted soul
Nature gave man many unique stones, but the most multifaceted, perhaps, is onyx. Lithotherapists and magicians, jewelers and builders appreciate him ... Yes, yes, it didn’t seem to you, it’s…

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Pomegranate: one but fiery passion
Garnet gemstone is without a doubt the favorite of many women. This semiprecious mineral literally captivates with its magical sparkle and attracts with its romance and passion. Well, if you…

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Real emerald vs fakes

One of the most beautiful and mysterious gems is considered an emerald. Royal stone and stars adore magnificent stone. The mineral is considered a symbol of power, wealth and wisdom. Emerald is able to change the life of its owner: it attracts luck and protects against disease. But a magical effect is possible only if the stone is real. Often unscrupulous sellers give out imitations as a natural mineral. To avoid cheating, it is important to know what a real emerald looks like, and by what criteria it can be distinguished from a fake.

What a genuine emerald looks like
Emerald is called “green ice”. This variety of beryl has a special cold shine and a green tint. The grassy color of the mineral is due to a small amount of chromium, which is present in its structure. Sometimes the role of chromium is vanadium, which affects the saturation and properties of beryl.

Those who want to buy a real stone should know what an emerald looks like and what characteristics of the mineral are key. The table will help to understand. Continue reading

Medici Family Treasures

The famous Italian family of aristocrats and politicians, who became legendary not only in their homeland, but throughout the world, left behind a considerable inheritance. In particular, many of the Medici were obsessed with collecting and understood a lot about elegant objects – paintings, utensils and jewelry. The latter will be discussed.

Little remained after the Medici clan died out: they sold something, plundered something, took it for debts or simply hid it from the eyes of the world in private collections. And the more valuable it becomes every golden item associated with a legendary surname.

One of the main treasures of the collection is a gemma pendant with the image of Girolamo Savonarola, the main enemy of the Medici family. It is made of carnelian and set in blackened silver. Pierrot Medici, nicknamed Gout, was collecting a collection of gems – examining them, he began to feel weaker pain in the joints. But, of course, the Medici collection also included gems depicting members of the genus. For example, a cameo on a sink called “Portrait of Cosimo Medici” encrusted with silver and gold, or an agate cameo in a gold frame “Portrait of Lorenzo the Magnificent” by Medici, now stored in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Continue reading

Space jewelry: meteorite jewelry
In striving for originality, jewelers are looking for more and more original materials for jewelry. Their imagination sometimes goes beyond the boundaries of the Earth, turning to cosmic materials. In…

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Space jewelry: meteorite jewelry
In striving for originality, jewelers are looking for more and more original materials for jewelry. Their imagination sometimes goes beyond the boundaries of the Earth, turning to cosmic materials. In…

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The story, frozen in stone
Amber is a sunny stone. Perhaps, it is under such a “code name” that this gem has been known for many long and long years. Years and decades pass, fashion…

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World of precious metals
Many centuries ago, people noticed that some metals are different from "relatives". They shine brighter, do not rust, and even after years do not change their original appearance. Such metals…

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