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You can see the pectoral cross on the neck of almost every person. And it doesn’t matter if he is a true believer or was baptized when he was a baby, but now he wears a cross rather as a decoration or amulet. Such a tradition among our people is to wear the Orthodox cross for baptism. The church believes that the cross is a symbol of faith, one of the most important shrines. And even if we rarely go to the temple, we still carry a crucifix on our chests – in the hope that it will protect us from the evil eye and protect us from all bad things. Therefore, the question of how to choose the right cross is very relevant for Ukrainians. Let’s try to figure it out.
In ancient centuries
When the Christian religion was just in its infancy, no one thought about the cross we were used to. Instead, they wore another symbol – a medallion depicting the Lamb sacrificed. Nevertheless, the cross has always been treated with respect, considered it the most important symbol. In confirmation of this – five facts about the decoration traditional for Ukrainians. Continue reading
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 changes, and yellow beads of warm stone like the sun’s rays still adorn the most sophisticated fashionistas. Amber items probably lay in your grandmother’s treasured casket … Well, it’s time to arrange an audit and complement your image with cozy and some very natural amber jewelry.
The origin of the sun stone
There are almost more legends and myths about the origin of amber than historical evidence. But they all agree on one thing: this stone is considered the first gem on earth. Women adorned themselves with them in very ancient times.
Amber myths of ancient Greece
Perhaps the wise Greeks were the first to guess the true nature of amber. They still have a legend that Phaeton, the son of the sun god Phoebus, asked his father for permission to ride through the sky. It was dangerous, and Phoeb did not agree for a long time. The horses, who were harnessed to the sun chariot, were very hot and obeyed Phoebe alone. Continue reading
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