Spinel has is a gem that has often been overshadowed by Ruby, but as more people have come to discover this beautiful mineral it has emerged from the shadows and is finally receiving recognition as a treasured gem in its own right.
Precious metals such as Gold and Silver have played a part in our lives since the dawn of civilization. Often associated with the gods and immortality, these unique materials have been symbols of wealth and status as well as having more modern industrial uses.
Garnets have an interesting history found to date back to the Bronze Age. It was a common medium for the earliest lapidary and glyptic arts. Garnet was believed to be a powerful talisman, a protective gem carried by the earliest travellers. In ancient Egypt, every tomb of status included garnet jewellery to ease the owner’s passage into the afterlife.
Pearls have been a symbol of elegance and wealth for hundreds of years and in nearly every culture. Natural pearls are accidentally formed in the interior of a mollusc without human intervention.
Jewellery associated with the Chinese culture is synonymous with Jade. For thousands of years though, Jadeite, Nephrite, Serpentine and even Aventurine Quartz were all covered by one Chinese word “Yu”. It was not until the 1800’s that the differences between these materials were identified and Jade was properly categorised!
The history of Indian jewellery is fascinating: no other culture has such intense reverece for jewellery. From the great Maharajas of the Mogul period to today’s elaborate wedding extravaganzas, India’s treasure trove of jewels have been well preserved.
Amber is the fossilised resin from trees, at one time in history it was more valuable than gold and has an amazing range of uses. It can be an ingredient in perfume, has been prized in folklore as a medicine and is in great demand by jewellers as a popular gem used in jewellery for centuries.