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The Science and Legends of Birthstones

It has been years since Birthstones have been around, in fact many of us use to believe that these precious stones do possess some kind of magical power that is beneficial for the owner that is the stone wearer. Experts say that these stones are linked directly to the zodiac and indirectly to us. Now, according to the modern English calendar, each month/ zodiac has a birthstone of its own. So when thinking to buy birthstones, you will find several companies offering jewelry made from gems and minerals that aren’t just a piece of jewelry, but carries certain mythical properties.

Now, what could be these mythical properties? Let’s find out.

January – Garnet

Those who are born in the month of January, Garnet is their stone. Garnet symbolizes love, faith, constancy and is available in every color except blue. Apart from this, it can prevent nightmares and provide directional guidance when needed.

February – Amethyst

Are you lacking courage? If so, this stone is one for you. You will be interested in knowing that the word amethyst is derived from a Greek word amethystos which means sober. And thus, it is also renowned for peace and serenity.

March – Aquamarine

For those who are born in the month of March Aquamarine gemstone offers great health, love, and hope. Besides this, it is quite advisable to be worn by a pregnant woman as it guards both the mother and the baby against potential accidents.

April – Diamond

We all know the fact that diamond is the symbol of eternal love but did you know that it was once used to bring courage? Yes, the word diamond means lightning in Hindi and Vajra in Sanskrit. In fact, in ancient times, diamonds were believed to be tears of the gods.

May – Emerald

Are you facing any kinds of disorders with heart, lungs or spine? If so, emerald can provide great aid to recovery. As this gem has been long associated with fertility, rebirth, and love.

June – Pearl

Pearls, one of my favorite gems. I guess every woman will have this gem in her jewelry box, but do you know its importance? It’s more advisable for chastity, modesty, and stable marriage relationships.

July – Ruby

Rubies symbolize harmony and peace. Initially, ruby was regarded as the king of gems as it possesses power to protect from the evil. This gem is well associated with harmony, protection, and success.

August – Peridot

Peridot is a gem that symbolizes strength and mostly available in light green color. Experts say it strengthens the immune system and benefits the skin.

September – Sapphire

Sapphire is well known for treating blood disorders, excessive bleeding and strengthening the walls of the veins.

October – Opal

Opal itself means precious jewel, hence many ladies wear as neck pieces. Other than this opal helps to strengthen memory and also increases your willpower.

November – Topaz

Topaz is such a gem that it is not only connected to love and affection but It even possesses wisdom, strength, courage, and serenity. In addition to this topaz makes you forgive easily.

December – Turquoise

Here is a good news for all born in December, Turquoise is regarded as a love charm, good fortune and success. Many professionals suggest buying turquoise rings in order to safeguard yourself from the evil spirits.

The Glorious Jewelry of Ancient Rome

I lived in Italy for 5 years and adore this country. Their food, their language and their culture. Like a sponge, I soaked it all up. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits of ancient jewelry, lovingly displayed in museum showcases.

When one thinks of ancient Rome, visions of gladiators, their swords flashing in the Italian sun, billowing cloaks fastened in front with ornately decorated gold brooches, women in flowing robes, fabulous necklaces resting beneath a head of curls, comes to mind. Glorious drop earrings of coloured stones adorn their ears, gold snake-style bracelets their upper arms.

Jewelry was big in ancient Rome. Very big. Since the Romans believed that jewelry warded off the “Evil Eye”, no one went without at least one piece.

The most common pieces of jewelry in early Rome were brooches and rings. The brooch was a versatile item, securing not only cloaks but clothing in general. Since clothing was generally pinned rather than sewn, decorated items called a fibula, made of gold and decorated with semi-precious stones, were used to secure the folds.

The early Italians sculpted jewelry from crude gold, rather than silver. This jewelry was afforded by the nobles. The poor wore cheaper versions, usually from bone or cheaper natural stones.

Romans, because of the reach of the Roman Empire, were able to make their jewelry from a myriad of wonderful and exotic materials. They had access not only to gold, but to bronze, bone, and natural stones. Egypt provided them with the treasured Lapis Lazuli and pearl. They imported sapphires and diamonds from the East. Emeralds, amber, turquoise, amethysts, garnets were all present in Roman jewelry, adorning necks, wrists and arms, as long as 2,000 years ago.

The affluent women, adorned themselves with trinkets all the time, at home and when in public. It was a sign of wealth and stature, just as it is today. Bracelets, rings, amulets, necklaces, cameos and rings and an assortment of adornments on their heads such as tiaras, diadems and coronets. They copied the filigree finish which was an Egyptian style. Filigree is a delicate, lace-like design, made then in gold. Filigree is popular today and is found in costume jewelry that looks as real as the gold version. Bracelets were kept closed with a toggle-type pin. A closure that is used today for practical and decorative purposes.

Men were fond of finger rings, and were expected to wear at least one. Some men would display a ring on every finger. Placing a seal on documents, to keep the contents safe from the wrong eyes, to identify the sender and to show prestige. Rings with an engraved gemstone were used with wax.

Another popular and important item was a large pendant filled with perfume. At any time, they could dab a little on their wrists. Bathing was not a daily event, particularly with the poorer classes so this was a means to keep themselves smelling fresh.

For centuries, adorning ourselves with precious, semi-precious and imitation jewelry has been of significant importance.

Adorn yourself. Never be boring.

A Fantastic History and Series of Exciting Developments Beckon the Evolution of Jewellery

Jewellery has been an indispensable part of the human culture. It has adorned the human race since time immemorial. For thousands and thousands of years, it was a form of expression, wealth and status. With the human evolution, the jewellery too went through evolution. Earlier flowers, shells, beads and bones were used to craft jewellery. As time moved, the metals were moulded and tamed with jewellery designs. Soon the technology evolved and more intricate designs gradually developed.

The evolution of jewellery can be broadly divided across three civilisations i.e. Egypt, India and China. The Egyptians laid a firm foundation for metallurgy, gem collecting, and glass manufacture. They were the trendsetters of unique fashion jewellery. On the other hand, Indians made jewellery an integral part of their daily life and religion. They were the first ones to devise and manage the art of gold. It is this unique skill set that became a driving force for the incredible expansion of European Civilisation during the Age of Discovery. China slowly focused on creating jewellery inspired by nature, animals and dragons, this gradually became popular across Asia making them pioneers of creativity.

The Timeline of Jewellery:

110.000 – 73.000 BC – Sea shells were used as Amulets. Traces of sea shell jewellery was found in Morocco, Israel, Algeria and South Africa.

38.000 BC – Beads crafted from animal remains was found in France.

28.000 BC – Fossilised shells and ivory beads discovered in the Czech Republic.

4400 BC – Thracian civilisation produced objects made from gold.

5000- 30 BC – This marked the era of copper jewellery. Glazed beads and critter jewellery became popular during this period. Gemstones like Amethyst, Turquoise, Carnelian, and Feldspar were used to craft the one-of-its-kind fashion jewellery.

2750 – 1200 BC – Ancient Mesopotamia produced jewellery inspired from grapes, cones and spirals. Gemstones like Agate, Jasper and Carnelian were used.

1400 – 30 BC – Greek jewellery was synonymous with fashion jewellery, as it was embedded with precious gems like the emeralds and was based on the animal and shell design.

500 BC – 400 AD – During this era the serpent jewellery came into existence. The Romans inherited seal rings, brooches, amulets and talismans that were etched with Sapphires, Emeralds, Garnets, and Diamonds.

400 – 1000 AD – In the European Dark Ages jewellery was inherited by the royals only.

1066 – 1485 AD – In the Medieval age jewellery again became popular because it was more of religion-centric. The most popular designs were hair and cloth jewellery that was worn during religious ceremonies. The jewellery during this age was embedded with both precious and semi-precious gemstones.

1500 -1830 – The arrival of Renaissance and Georgian period brought the rise of jewellery. Necklaces and Earrings of various designs were made. It is during this era that the diamond jewellery was the ultimate fashion jewellery and was being paired with the evening party ensembles.

1835 – 1900 – Fashion jewellery evolved in Europe during the reign of Queen Victoria.

The early 1900s – Art Nouveau and Edwardian styles were an evolution of this period.

1920 – 1935 – Twenties marked the advent of the Art Deco, which introduced vibrantly coloured jewellery filled with geometrical shapes, abstract designs, cubism, modernism and oriental art. Wristwatches were also worn during these years.

1939 – 1949 – This was the period of World War II. During this time, metal based jewellery designs etched with patriotic motifs and semi-precious and synthetic gemstones came into existence.

The 1950s – Post-war years brightly coloured jewellery returned. Rhinestones and big beads were used. Diamonds marked its spot as the most popular gemstone.

17th Century Onwards – Post 17th Century jewellery no longer remained a status symbol. The gold and silver jewellery was affordable by the lower classes too. Jewellery began to take floral designs and animals with unique coloured gemstones and metals. This trend continued until the early 20th Century and included intricate glass creations. The industrial revolution stimulated the jewellery fashion; and trends changed faster than ever. Jewellery crafted during the Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro periods, in particular, are popular even today.

Present day and beyond – Today jewellery stands as an artistic expression. The technology revolution has made the jewellery available and affordable. Synthetic gemstones have replaced the highly valuable and treasured gems. Design and creativity were now of pivotal importance. Jewellery stores exhibit each piece in a way that it casts its spell on the customer and lures him to buy it right away.

Putting A Lens On Gemstone Necklaces

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Necklaces are one of the most peculiar ornaments for the ornament lovers. Women even in cultural and traditional set ups have used necklaces over a long time. Some of the traditional African communities made necklaces out of wood and even stones.

These stones and ornaments were some of the earliest forms of money before the coin currency. Gemstone is a rare, shiny mineral that is durable, maintaining its glitter and glamour.

When something is rare, and of high quality, it becomes unique, and the demand goes up. Gemstone has maintained that for years, and gemstone necklaces still remain among the best in the market.

The necklaces come in many shapes and sizes. The shape is the mainly used categorizing feature. The heart-cut pendant has the shape of a heart and may be appropriate gift for a partner or a close friend.

The linked heart pendant was specifically designed for couples. It contains two hearts linked together either permanently or just interlocked.

One may also use the general purpose open leaf necklace as a gift to a friend who wants something delightful. The inner circle, star flower, the moon and star, and emerald cut are other types of gemstone necklaces in the market.

How to choose original ones

With precious stones, it is easy to buy an imitation that ends up losing the glamour shortly. Most of the imitations are done in glass, and an easy way to determine the originality of a gemstone is by rubbing with a soft cloth.

When you rub ordinary glass with a cloth, marks are left on the glass. This isn’t the case with gemstone. When you rub gemstone, the glitter only increases.

The difference may not be easy to tell, so one may decide to go for the next alternative, compare the weight. Comparatively, glass is lighter than pure gemstone, and clearer. With keenness, one can get to differentiate the imitation form the original and end up getting something worth the price.

There are many precious stones and metals out there to buy necklaces made of them, so why gemstone? Gemstones come in many forms unlike other stones, and colors too. Gemstone has a high probability of matching any outfit one chooses to wear.

Most gemstones can be worn with a variety of dresses, casual or even suits, and still look gorgeous. From the many great features of gemstone, we can conclude that it’s not a special-event ornament. It’s an ornament that you should wear every day.