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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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.…

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How to make gold chains: 8 stages of the birth of a masterpiece
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Life in color: what are they – multi-colored diamonds

They captivate with their beauty. They give fabulous money at auctions. All fans of jewelry accessories dream of them. The richest people in the world arrange a “hunt” for them. All of these are colored diamonds. Where do fancy color diamonds come from? Why is everyone going crazy with such pebbles? Which specimens are considered the most expensive? Let’s try to figure it out!

History of colored diamonds
For a long time, diamonds, which had an interesting shade, were deprived of the attention of jewelry connoisseurs. They were confused with other minerals – corundum, quartz and other pebbles. When the scale of mineralogical hardness appeared and the methods of “age” analysis of minerals were developed, it became clear that not only transparent but also colored diamonds can be found in nature.

Jewelers began to use the concept of “fantasy diamonds” only at the end of the 20th century. Then the color versions of the “royal stone” and gained unprecedented popularity. 1987 is considered the “finest hour” of fantasy pieces. It was then that an auction was held in New York, at which a colored diamond was first appreciated. For a red pebble, the weight of which almost reached a carat, the buyer laid out a million dollars. This was a signal to the world about the beginning of a new era in jewelry: fantasy stones climbed the pedestal, and the more colorful the color of the diamond, the better. Continue reading

Enamel jewelry, or how to drive a jewel “into paint”

It is difficult to imagine that there is a woman in the world who would refuse to have a couple more accessories in her own jewelry box. And when the “familiar” metals like gold and silver are not enough, jewelry enamel comes to the rescue. With the help of such jewelry you can create a truly unique jewelry wardrobe. Such accessories not only skillfully diversify your daily wardrobe, but also serve as a great addition to special occasions and special occasions. Yes there, even wedding rings are now decorated with bright enamel. It looks fresh, original and very stylish.Enamel for jewelry not only allows you to create incredibly bright jewelry – a variety of drawings, the richness of color solutions, the incredible mastery of goldsmiths. Among other things, such products will indeed be exclusive. Indeed, even if your ring or earrings went straight from the factory and stamped in accordance with all the rules of jewelry, enamel coating is always a creative process and handmade. So even with mass market production, enameled products are always a special item, piece, unique and not like their closest counterparts.Well, a pleasant bonus is that, in addition to decorative advantages, enamel on jewelry acts as a protective layer that reliably and efficiently protects the product from damage, physical and chemical effects and other adverse factors. True, all this does not mean at all that this coating is harder than diamond and should be regularly tested for strength. One thing is clear: “enameled” jewelry is an incredibly bright and attractive trend of modern fashion. And they definitely deserve to live in your jewelry box.

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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

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