Turquoise is the color of the Decembers

In many cultures of the old and the new world, this gemstone has been estimated for thousands of years as a holy stone, a kind of good fortune or a talisman. It really has the right to be called a "precious stone of peoples". The evidence of the oldest for this claim was found in Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating back to around 3000 BC j.-c.. In the ancient Persian Kingdom gemstone blue sky biobus previously worn around the neck or wrist against natural death. If they have changed colour, bearer thought have reason to fear the approach of doom. In the meantime, he discovered that turquoise certainly can change colour, but that this is not necessarily a sign of imminent danger. Changes may be caused by the light, or a chemical reaction induced by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.

Turquoise offers protection and joie de vivre

Distant era, turquoise were even responsible for the material welfare of the wearer. Persian scholar Al-Qazwini, for example, wrote: "wearing a turquoise and joined with her hand never see poverty." Turquoises were often worn on the turban and often surrounded by pearls, protect their wearer against the "evil eye".As talismans, they adorned daggers, sabres and the brides chevaux.Il had wait time of the Crusades came to Europe. Indeed, it is this time comes from the name "turquoise", meaning "Turkish".

South, Central and North America too, turquoise has always occupied a very special position among gemstones. Aztecs at Mexico, for example, used to decorate their masks ceremony with this stone which was sacred in their croyances.Les Indians of North America, who still produce a lot of money with turquoises today, traditional jewellery believe that the gemstone blue sky biobus opens a connection directly between the sky and the sea.

At all times and in the world, turquoises were worn as a natural protection against the powers of darkness at the earlier time, if they kept rider fell unexpectedly and they are now regarded as the protective stone drivers, crew and other professional groups who are exposed to a particularly high level of risk.

In modern gems therapy, those who suffer from depression are recommended to wear a turquoise, or a string with turquoise beads. Turquoise' happy color is said to be staffed reticent personalities with greater confidence. It is also often given as a gift, a stone of friendship, turquoise is supposed to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in the relationship.

Blue comes from copper, the green of iron

Turquoise is a phosphate of copper aluminum with hardness of 6, which is much sweeter than quartz.In nature, it occurs in the range of shades of blue sky grey-green, and it is mainly found in places where there is a high concentration of copper in the soil. However, turquoise is really turquoise of the highest quality.especially, the color is more pale or bluish-green or verdâtres.La blue colour is created by copper, the Green by bivalent iron and a certain amount of chromium.Often, a vein or light spots crossing, which are Brown, grey or black depending on where it was trouvé.Ces material moving, more or less regular patterns are called "turquoise matrix".the crystals are low to the microscope and can hardly ever be recognised with the naked eye. Generally, turquoise occurs as a fillung in veins or crevices, or in the form of chips. The most known deposits are in the United States Mexico Israel Iran, the Afghanistan and China. The most beautiful turquoises, in a beautiful light blue, come from deposits in the North of the Iran.

Turquoise is rarely faceted.Usually, it is cut in lenses or beads or in a more imaginative shape.

Wax Turquoise makes it more resistant

Being relatively soft, turquoise are sensibles.La color may pale when the stone has been brought over a long period, stones of the same quality today are treated with wax and then cured.This treatment enables the sensitive Gemme more résistante.Dans trade, there are many reasonably priced turquoises sealed with synthetic resin.They have a fresh colour and good durability.However, many of them are dipped in medium coloration prior to being submitted to the sustainability of treatment - a process that must be brought to the attention of the purchaser éventuel.Et according to the rules of the ICA, there is also such a thing as a "reconstructed turquoise", which is made of pulverised turquoise.

Because of their sensitivity, Turquoise Turquoise are almost always subjected to treatment of one kind or another, even though it may take a number of forms différentes.Pour result, turquoise have good natural colour and which are simply hardened colourless wax or synthetic resin have a much higher value than stones whose colour has been "improved."It is wiser to buy valuable turquoise jewelry to the jeweller.

Heaven on Earth

The best quality turquoises are pure, radiant sky blue, a color which is very expensive with or without its fine matrix and régulière.Plus strongly colour tends toward green and most stains and more irregular matrix, the lowest estimate quality of the stone.

Turquoise should be protected against cosmetic, heat and light vive.Il is a precious stone to take with you when you take the soleil.Il is preferable to give a clean from time to time with a soft cloth.

Turquoise color made us feel happy and joyful, so that it the blue of the sky and stimulating green sea are combinées.En effect, such inimitable colour, we have coined a term specifically for it in our languages: turquoise.Ceux who choose a turquoise is sure of getting a piece of sky... on Earth.

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For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered one of the most valuable gemstones on Earth. It has everything a precious stone should have: magnificent colour, excellent hardness and outstanding brilliance. In addition to that, it is an extremely rare gemstone, especially in its finer qualities.

For a long time India was regarded as the ruby’s classical country of origin. In the major works of Indian literature, a rich store of knowledge about gemstones has been handed down over a period of more than two thousand years. The term ‘corundum’, which we use today, is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘kuruvinda’. The Sanskrit word for ruby is ‘ratnaraj’, which means something like ‘king of the gemstones’. And it was a royal welcome indeed which used to be prepared for it. Whenever a particularly beautiful ruby crystal was found, the ruler sent high dignitaries out to meet the precious gemstone and welcome it in appropriate style. Today, rubies still decorate the insignia of many royal households. But are they really all genuine rubies? Read on to find out more!
Only a little bit of chrome …

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, one of the hardest minerals on Earth, of which the sapphire is also a variety. Pure corundum is colourless. Slight traces of elements such as chrome, iron, titanium or vanadium are responsible for the colour. These gemstones have excellent hardness. On the Mohs scale their score of 9 is second only to that of the diamond. Only red corundum is entitled to be called ruby, all other colours being classified as sapphires. The close relationship between the ruby and the sapphire has only been known since the beginning of the 19th century. Up to that time, red garnets or spinels were also thought to be rubies. (That, indeed, is why the ‘Black Ruby’ and the ‘Timur Ruby’, two of the British Crown Jewels, were so named, when they are not actually rubies at all, but spinels.)

Ruby, this magnificent red variety from the multi-coloured corundum family, consists of aluminium oxide and chrome as well as very fine traces of other elements - depending on which deposit it was from. In really fine colours and good clarity, however, this gemstone occurs only very rarely in the world’s mines. Somewhat paradoxically, it is actually the colouring element chrome which is responsible for this scarcity. True enough, millions of years ago, when the gemstones were being created deep inside the core of the Earth, chrome was the element which gave the ruby its wonderful colour. But at the same time it was also responsible for causing a multitude of fissures and cracks inside the crystals. Thus only very few ruby crystals were given the good conditions in which they could grow undisturbed to considerable sizes and crystallise to form perfect gemstones. For this reason, rubies of more than 3 carats in size are very rare. So it is no wonder that rubies with hardly any inclusions are so valuable that in good colours and larger sizes they achieve top prices at auctions, surpassing even those paid for diamonds in the same category.

Some rubies display a wonderful silky shine, the so-called ’silk’ of the ruby. This phenomenon is caused by very fine needles of rutile. And now and then one of the rare star rubies is found. Here too, the mineral rutile is involved: having formed a star-shaped deposit within the ruby, it causes a captivating light effect known by the experts as asterism. If rubies of this kind are cut as half-dome shaped cabochons, the result is a six-spoked star which seems to glide magically across the surface of the stone when the latter is moved. Star rubies are precious rarities. Their value depends on the beauty and attractiveness of the colour and, though only to a lesser extent, on their transparency. Fine star rubies, however, should always display rays which are fully formed all the way to the imaginary horizontal line which runs through the middle of the stone, and the star itself should be situated right in the centre.

Ruby-red means passion

Red for ruby. Ruby-red. The most important thing about this precious stone is its colour. It was not for no reason that the name ‘ruby’ was derived from the Latin word ‘rubens’, meaning ‘red’. The red of the ruby is incomparable: warm and fiery. Two magical elements are associated with the symbolism of this colour: fire and blood, implying warmth and life for mankind. So ruby-red is not just any old colour, no, it is absolutely undiluted, hot, passionate, powerful colour. Like no other gemstone, the ruby is the perfect way to express powerful feelings. Instead of symbolising a calm, controlled affection, a ring set with a precious ruby bears witness to that passionate, unbridled love that people can feel for each other.

Birthplaces of fine rubies

Which is the most beautiful ruby-red? Good question. The red of a ruby may involve very different nuances depending on its origin. The range of those nuances is quite wide, and could perhaps be compared to hotel categories, from luxury accommodation down to a plain inn or hostel. For example, if the gemstone experts refer to a ‘Burmese ruby’, they are talking about the top luxury category. However, it does not necessarily follow that the stone is of Burmese origin. It is basically an indication of the fact that the colour of the ruby in question is that typically shown by stones from the famous deposits in Burma (now Myanmar): a rich, full red with a slightly bluish hue. The colour is sometimes referred to as ‘pigeon-blood-red’, but the term ‘Burmese colour’ is a more fitting description. A connoisseur will immediately associate this colour with the legendary ‘Mogok Stone Tract’ and the gemstone centre of Mogok in the North of Myanmar. Here, the country’s famous ruby deposits lie in a mountain valley surrounded by high peaks. Painstakingly, gemstones of an irresistible luminosity are brought to light in the ‘valley of the rubies’. Unfortunately, really fine qualities are quite rare even here. The colour of a Burmese ruby is regarded as exceptionally vivid. It is said to display its unique brilliance in any light, be it natural or artificial.

The journey to the world’s most important ruby deposits takes us further on to the small town of Mong Hsu in the North-East of Myanmar, where the most important ruby deposits of the nineties lie. Originally, it was believed that these rubies would hardly prove suitable for use in jewellery, since untreated Mong Hsu ruby crystals actually display two colours: a purple to black core and a bright red periphery. Only when it had been discovered that the dark core could be turned into deep red by means of heat treatment did rubies from Mong Hsu begin to find their way on to the jewellery market. Today, the Mong Hsu gemstone mines are still among the most important ruby suppliers. In the main, they offer heat-treated rubies in commercial qualities and sizes between 0.5 and 3 carats.

Ruby deposits also exist in neighbouring Vietnam, near the Chinese border. Rubies of Vietnamese origin generally display a slightly purplish hue. Rubies from Thailand, another classical supplier, however, often have a darker red which tends towards brown. This ‘Siamese colour’ - an elegantly muted deep red - is considered second in beauty only to the Burmese colour, and is especially popular in the USA. Ceylon rubies, which have now become very rare, are mainly light red, like ripe raspberries.

Other ruby deposits are located in Northern Pakistan in the Hunza Valley, Kashmir, Tadzhikistan, Laos, Nepal, and Afghanistan. But rubies are also produced in India, where deposits with relatively large crystals were discovered in the federal states of Mysore and Orissa. These crystals have many inclusions, but they are, nevertheless, eminently suited to being cut as beads or cabochons.

Lately, people have begun to talk about East Africa as a source of rubies. Straight after their discovery in the 1960s, rubies from Kenya and Tanzania surprised the experts by their beautiful, strong colour, which may vary from light to dark red. But in the African mines too, fine and clear rubies of good colour, purity and size are very rare. Usually the qualities mined are of a merely average quality.

Colour above (almost) everything

As we have said, colour is a ruby’s most important feature. Its transparency is only of secondary importance. So inclusions do not impair the quality of a ruby unless they decrease the transparency of the stone or are located right in the centre of its table. On the contrary: inclusions within a ruby could be said to be its ‘fingerprint’, a statement of its individuality and, at the same time, proof of its genuineness and natural origin. The cut is essential: only a perfect cut will underline the beauty of this valuable and precious stone in a way befitting the ‘king of the gemstones’. However, a really perfect ruby is as rare as perfect love. If you do come across it, it will cost a small fortune. But when you have found ‘your’ ruby, don’t hesitate: hang on to it!

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Find the perfect for your wedding day Celtic engagement ring

Each dream of the perfect engagement ring…if flange-to-be, you're Celtic (Irish, Scottish or Welsh), you might be interested in learning more about today stunning celtiques engagement rings. These Rings Diamond combine the ancient symbols of the British Isles with modern details and craftsmanship, creating a coup of eye is unique, authentic and second none… really

The best Celtic engagement rings are handmade Ireland and its stamp to the testing agency in Dublin Castle. If you are concerned your engagement ring online command, locate worthy of confidence with guarantees, sizing information and testimonials from customers Jewellers.Once you find a large distributor, you can browse through all sorts of delicate styles…from Trinity Knot solitary rings, beautiful Irish Claddagh engagement rings with diamonds centres shaped coeur.Pour flange to be today, a Celtic ring can be a wonderful way to connect with the past…

Symbols on rings today vary, but each of them hold some special meaning, cachés.Par example, Trinity nodes which are this a popular motif on modern Celtic engagement rings have three segments interlocking - every part of the Trinity knot represents the father, son and holy spirit. This pattern has illustrated the faith, love and eternity since the sixth century, when craftsmen began to use it on manuscripts old, artistic treasures and metal work.

If you believe in the power of God and the faith, the symbol of the Holy Trinity will be a choice for your engagement ring. These symbols are an example of the interlaced called style or working node.Famous interleaving samples appear on pages colorful, dynamic of the Irish book of Kells, which illustrates the four books of the Gospel.

Another common ground on today's Celtic engagement rings is the symbol of Claddagh, which consists of a crowned heart and hands drawing.The crowned heart symbolizes love and great loyalty dating to the time where citizens swore loyalty to the King or Reine.Les tiny hands hold quite successful heart in place designed to illustrate the "giving heart."

This touching and romantic ground is Irish in origin, and the first Claddagh ring was created as a token of affection and eternal love. Today, many brides and grooms Exchange Claddagh rings on the day of their marriage, instead of the plains of bands gold.For bride today, choosing a coordination and commitment to Claddagh ring gold Claddagh Ring for the groom can be a wonderful way to bring a touch of classic Irish romance at a wedding ceremony.

Another popular and significant symbol is the Warrior shield design.This Celtic pattern is inspired by the Ardagh chalice, an Irish War treasure discovered in a field in Irlande.Le invaluable calyx of gold, silver and bronze shield, spirals symbols embedded (another timeless symbol of Celtic culture) and jewellery.Today, marriage with the symbols of the shield rings are illustrations of resistance, loyalty and bravery.Many grooms also take advantage of the appearance of these symbols of Celtic warrior shield and choose wedding bands engraved or embossed design.

As you can see, there are plenty of historical symbolism and the importance of each Celtic engagement ring authentique.Si you are looking for a special ring which is really the past, the present and all your hopes for the future you will find that a Celtic design is perfect for mysterious reasons vous.Les, mystics and romantic Celtic culture remains resonant and beautiful in the world today

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This month color Emerald, is more associated with the Ireland gemstone. Emeralds are fascinating gems. They have green more beautiful, more intense and more radiant that can possibly be imagined: Emerald green. Inclusions are tolerated. High quality, fine emeralds are even more valuable than diamonds.

Emerald name comes from the Greek word "smaragdos" from the old French 'esmeralde' really means 'green gemstone '. Countless fantastic stories grew around this magnificent jewel. The Incas and the Aztèques of South America, where the best emeralds are still regarded as a Holy gemstone Emerald. However, probably the oldest finds known was once made near the Red Sea in Égypte.Cela said that these mines of precious stones, already exploited by the Egyptian pharaohs between 3000 and 1500 b.c. j.-c.and later called "De Cléopâtre Mines", had already been exhausted at the time when they were rediscovered in the 19th century.

Written for many centuries, the Vedas, Indian holy scriptures say the precious jewels of Greens and their healing properties: "Emeralds promise good luck...". and "the Emerald improves well-being...". There was therefore no surprise that Indian maharajas treasure chests and maharanis contained wonderful emeralds. One of the largest in the world is the so-called "Mogul Emerald".It dates from 1695, weighs 217.80 carats and is about 10 cm hauteur.Un side is registered with prayer texts and engraved on the other are beautiful floral ornaments. This legendary Emerald was auctioned by Christie's London buyer unidentified 2.2 m U.S. Dollars on September 28, 2001.

Emeralds were held in high esteem since ancient times. For this reason, some of the most famous emeralds are seen in museums and collections.The New York Museum of Natural History, for example, has a piece in which a cup of pure Emerald, which belonged to the Emperor Jehangir is indicated for "Patricia", one of the largest emerald crystals Colombians, which weighs 632 carats.La collection of the Bank of Bogotá includes five valuable with weights between 220 and 1796 carats emerald crystals and splendid emeralds are also part of the Iranian National treasure, for example, adorning the DIAdem of the former Empress Farah.Turkish sultans also fond of emeralds.In Istanbul Topkapi Palace, there are exhibitions with items of jewellery, writing implements and daggers, each lavishly adorned emeralds and other precious stones.

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Opal is the color of the October

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The history of Australian Opal began actually millions of years ago, when parts of Australia were covered by a vast inland sea, and stone sediment was deposited along its shoreline. When the water masses flooded back, they flushed water containing silica into the resulting cavities and niches in the sedimentary rocks, and also the remains of plants and animals were deposited there. Slowly the silica stone transformed into Opal, for basically opals are simply a combination of silica and water.However, to be more precise: opals are a gel from silica, with varying percentages of water.

In 1849 the first Opal blocks were accidentally found on an Australian cattle station called Tarravilla. the first Opal prospectors started in 1890 at White Cliff mining the rocks Opal. And even today the eyes of Opal lovers light up when somebody mentions places like White Cliffs, Lightning Ridge, Andamooka or Coober Peddy: for these are the legendary sites of the Australian Opal fields. The most famous one is probably Lightning Ridge, the place where mainly the coveted Black Opal is found. Andamooka, where Crystal Opal and Light Opal are brought to the light of day, cam boasts to be the place where the probably largest Opal was found, with a weight of 6, 843 kilograms, the "Andamooka Desert Flame". Coober Peddy, by the way, is a word from Aborigine language meaning "white man in a hole". This clearly describes how Opal was in fact mined: many Opal prospectors made their home in deep holes and caves in the ground, to protect themselves from the burning heat of daytime and from the winds of night time here.Usually they worked only with tolls such as pick and shovel. Buckets full of soil, whole containing Opal rocks were pulled up out of the depths of 5 to 40 m deep shafts by hand, for this is the depth of the opal containing crevices and cavities, which are also mined nowadays.
Being an Opal prospector is still not an easy job, although today of course there are some technical means available, such as trucks or conveyor belts. And still the hope to make the find of a lifetime which will let you live happily ever after attracts many men and women to come to the hot and dusty Australian outback.

About lenses, doublets and triplets

In order to best bring out the play of colour in a Fine Opal, the stones are cut and polished to round or oval lenses, or any other softly domed shape, depending on the raw material. Only the best qualities of Fire Opal, however, are suited to faceting. The Opal cutter will first of all carefully remove any impurities using a diamond cutting wheel, before working out the rough basic shape.Then comes the fine cutting, finishing with sandpaper and then the final polishing with a wet leather wheel.

Opal is often found as flat lenses or thin layers, bigger pieces are rather rare. If you leave a thin but supporting layer of the harder rock mother, you will receive a pre-stage of the opal doublets which are frequently used today for mass produced jewellery. These are gemstone combinations consisting of a surface from flat Opal millimeter thin, which have been mounted on Onyx, Obsidian, artificial black glass, Potch Opal gold.Triplets have been developed from this design, here the opal layer receives an additional cover from Rock Crystal, plastic, Hard Glass gold Lead Glass for protection.

Opal love to be worn on the skin

Due to the differing percentage of water, opals may easily become brittle. They always contain water — usually between 2 and 6 per cent, but sometimes even more. Thus if stored too dry or exposed to heat over a longer period of time, opals will show cracks and the play of colour will become paler.Therefore, opal jewellery should be worn as often as possible, for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer.

Opals are not very hard: they only achieve 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs' scale. Therefore they appreciate a protective setting.In earlier days Opal's sensitive surface was often oiled, aim today also sealing them with colourless artificial resin has become quite popular.

From Harlequin to Peacock: Opal experts lingo

When Opal experts talk about "harlequin", "church windows" or "needle fire", do not be surprised. They are probably discussing opals. The play of colour in this stone is described with many imaginative terms for various structures and phenomena, like, for example, "opal flame", "lightning and peacock opal", or the above named "harlequin" and "church window".

Opal's value is not only determined by the body colour, transparency and factors based on place of occurrence.(Body colour refers to the basic colour of the gemstone, which can be black, dark or light and coloured).It is also important if the stone is transparent, translucent or opaque. And the opalizing effect may also influence the transparency.

Black Opal or opal with a dark grey body shows the most brilliant play of colours imaginable.Crystal opal, which comes immediately after Black Opal in the hit list, should be more transparent with a deep play of colours. White or milky opals show more diffuse colours and are the least expensive opals. The instance-specific characteristics include, for instance, names such as "Black Opal from Lightning Ridge" (we are talking absolute top luxury here) or "Mexican Fire Opal".

The most important criterion for determining the price of an Opal, however, is the play of colour, the colours as such and their pattern. If the colour red appears when looking through the stone, all the other colours will appear also. For evaluating opals the thickness of the opal layer is considered, the beauty of the patterning, the cut, weight and finish.Finally the total impression will be decisive, and of course offer and demand will determine ho much you will have to pay for "your" Opal.If you are interested in a really valuable specimen, get an Opal expert to advise you, because it takes a real expert to know about the many criteria which determine the price.

Opals and emotions

For age's people have been believing in the healing power of Opal.It is reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love.Opals are supposed to further enhance the positive characteristics for people born under the zodiac sign of cancer.Black Opal is recommended to those born under Scorpio, and Boulder Opal is the lucky stone for Aries.

The fantastic colour play of Opal reflects changing emotions and moods of people.Fire and water, the sparkling images of Boulder Opal, the vivid light flashes of Black Opal or the soft shine of Milk Opal - striking contrasts characterise the colourful world of this fascinating gemstone.Maybe this is the reason why it depends on our daily mood which Opal we prefer.Opals are like human emotions: you always experience them different and anew.

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