Information on Gems
Amethyst is a member of the Quartz mineral family, and has Purple hues that vary from very pale to dark. The medium-dark to dark tones are considered the most desirable and of course are quite a bit more expensive than the lighter tones. Most Amethysts are relatively free of inclusions.
Amethyst was used as a decorative stone in Egypt. Beads, amulets, and seals were made of this gemstone, and it was highly valued in ancient Greek and Roman societies. An Amethyst was the ninth stone in the breastplate of the high priest of Israel and one of the ten stones on which the names of the ten tribes of Israel were engraved.
In medieval times Amethyst graced royal crowns and bishop's rings. A huge round Amethyst adorns the British royal scepter, set for the coronation of James II (1633-1701), and another remarkable Amethyst surmounts the sovereign orb. Brazilian Amethysts appeared on the European market in 1727 and became highly fashionable and expensive. Amethyst was very popular during the eighteenth century in France and England. A necklace of Amethysts was purchased at a very high price for Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), wife of George III of England. Soon after the price declined as amethysts from Ural Mountains deposits (discovered in 1799) and Brazil increased the supply.
Sources for this gemstone are Brazil, Zambia, U.S., Canada, India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar.
It is usually safe to clean Amethyst jewelry in an UltraSonic Cleaner, but risky to use a steamer. It is recommended to use Ionic Cleaners and/or warm, soapy water and a soft brush as the best way to clean your gemstone jewelry.
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Buying Diamond Earrings
What you should consider
If you have a special someone, you might be thinking about buying her some diamond earrings. After all, what woman does not like diamonds? Almost every woman loves diamonds and would love to have a pair of diamond earrings to add to their jewelry box...
Jewelry signifies items of personal adornment, such as necklaces, rings, brooches, earrings and bracelets. Jewelry may be made from any material, such as gemstones, precious metals or shells, besides other materials, depending on cultural differences and availability of materials. Jewelry may be appreciated because of geometric or other patterns, or meaningful symbols. (Items such as belts and handbags etc. are considered to be accessories rather than jewelry.)
The word jewelry is derived from the word jewel, which was Anglicised from the Old French "jouel" circa the 13th century. Further tracing leads back to the Latin word "jocale", meaning plaything. Jewelry is one of the oldest forms of body adornment; recently found 100,000 year-old beads made from Nassarius shells, are thought to be the oldest known jewelry.
Cleaning Your Silver Jewelry
Sterling silver jewelry is like any other precious metal jewelry. If you do not clean it every once in a while then dirt and other contaminants will accumulate on the sterling silver and could eventually cause corrosion and other problems that make your jewelry no longer shine and take that beauty away. So to keep you sterling silver jewelry sterling you need to clean it at least every six months.
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