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Ancient Gemstones – Aventurine

August 19, 2014

Green Aventurine and Black ... Product ImageAventurine is a form of quartz, characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence. The most common colour of aventurine is green, but it may also be orange, brown, yellow, blue, or gray.

Ancient Tibetans decorated their statues with Aventurine, using it most often for the eyes to symbolically increase the statue’s visionary powers. Nowadays it is used to aid nearsightedness.

Until the nineteenth century, Aventurine was called the “stone of the Amazons,” because the Brazilian deposits were believed to have supplied jewels and talismans for the Amazonian warriors. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Goldstone

August 5, 2014

Blue Goldstone Necklace, Br... Product ImageThis gorgeous gemstone might not be so ancient but it surely has a nice story and it’s worth our attention just like the other gemstones. Goldstone is a man made stone which has been around since the European Rennaissance, a type of glittering glass made in a low-oxygen reducing atmosphere. The story behind the origin of the goldstone is not certain and more folklore stories exist. One of them states that goldstone was created by alchemists. One of the many problems that alchemists tried to solve was how to turn iron into gold. Goldstone is thought to be the result of one of these attempts. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Amazonite

May 20, 2014

Multicoloured Amazonite Nec... Product Image Amazonite is named after the Amazon River in Brazil and the lush jungle region surrounding it where the original “green stones” were discovered. Whether these stones were what we know today as Amazonite is uncertain, as deposits are not currently found in the basin area of this great river. Amazonite sparkles in captivating shades of turquoise-green, promising to soothe the spirit and calm the soul.

Called the “Stone of Courage” and the “Stone of Truth,” Amazonite is said to empower one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity, and to move beyond fear of judgment or confrontation with others to live in alignment with those beliefs and values. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Lapis Lazuli

April 23, 2014

Lapis Lazuli Necklace Product ImageThe 20th April sees the entry into the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus. As I have talked about before, each of the zodiac signs also has its own stone. Taurus’ birthstone is the beautiful blue, ancient gemstone Lapis Lazuli.

Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest and most sought after gemstones. It has been in use throughout the history of mankind. It is still popular today and is a favorite stone of the Islamic Orient, said to provide protection from the ‘evil eye‘. It is deep blue in colour with golden inclusions of pyrites which shimmer like stars. The very earliest cultures valued Lapis Lazuli more highly than gold. The Greeks spoke of an ancient sapphire which was included with gold, this was unmistakeably Lapis. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Agate

March 18, 2014

Orange Tone Agate Bracelet Product ImageGemstones are pieces of mineral which are cut and polished in forms to be used in different jewelley pieces or similar.

The traditional classification in the West, which goes back to the Ancient Greeks, begins with a distinction between precious and semi-precious; similar distinctions are made in other cultures. In modern usage the precious stones are diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald, with all other gemstones being semi-precious.

Agate is a quartz variety and it’s one of the oldest stones in recorded history. It’s colours range from white to grey, orange to red, light blue to  purple and brown to black. It was one of the most commonly used gemstones in ancient times and it’s wide spreed around the world. (more…)

Jewellery for men

February 28, 2014

IMG_0034We all think that it is normal when women wear jewellery, but what is wrong when men do it?

Jewellery has long been used to denote status. In ancient Rome, for instance, only certain ranks could wear rings and later consumption laws dictated who could wear what type of jewellery, again based on rank.

Necklaces have been an integral part of jewellery since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 40,000 years, during the Stone Age. The oldest necklaces were made of purely natural materials – before weaving and the invention of string, durable vines or pieces of animal tendon left over from hunts were tied together and adorned with shells, bones or teeth or colourful skins of human prey animals, bird feathers, corals, carved pieces of wood, colourful seeds or stones or naturally occurring gems, or other beautiful or artful natural elements found nearby. (more…)

A short story about jewellery

February 14, 2014

Turquoise BraceletWe all wear jewellery, but did we ever ask ourselves where does it come from?

Jewellery is one of the world’s oldest types of archeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery. Of course we can all imagine how our ancestors were wearing different types of jewellery. It didn’t matter if they were Mesopotamians, Greeks, Romans or Egyptians they were wearing jewellery which depicted their status. Jewellery was very popular in Ancient Egypt, no matter the social class.The Egyptians preferred the luxurious and rarest metals and stones. Both men and women adorned themselves with earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces and neck collars that were brightly colored. Greeks mastered the use of emeralds, amethyst and pearls in their jewellery together with gold, making them colorful and more attractive. Those who could not afford jewellery made from gold or other stones would make their jewellery from colored pottery beads. (more…)