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Interesting facts about jewelry, part 1

Here are 10 interesting facts about jewelry, gemstones and jeweler's art that you may not have known.

1. The oldest known jewelry ever found is the Nassarius shells, found in a Moroccan cave and 82,000 years old.

Nassarius shells

Nassarius shells

2.Genuine insect jewelry has been popular at various times in history. It is believed that the Egyptians were the first to come up with such unexpected jewelry, wearing scarab beetles when they went into battle. The Mexican scarab beetle and the giant cockroach from Madagascar were also used for jewelry making in the past.

3. Venetian glass artisans on the island of Murano developed many creative and revolutionary methods for making glass beads. These Venetian glass necklaces first became popular around the year 1200.

4. It is believed that the first diamonds were mined in India.

Mango mala necklace with diamonds, rubies and pearls from Khwaahis

Mango Mala Necklace with Diamonds, Rubies and Pearls by Khwaahis

5. The engagement ring was first used in 1477. The story goes that Maximilian I proposed to Marie of Burgundy in this way.

6. Amber is a fossilized tree resin. It must be at least one million years old to be considered a jewel, but can be up to 120 million years old.

7. Amber pieces weighing more than 1 kg are treated as precious stones in Russia and are not subject to free sale.

Natural amber

Natural amber

8. Emeralds were mined by the Egyptians as early as 3500 BC.

9. In Sanskrit, the name of the ruby stone sounds like "Isratnaraj", which means "a kind of gemstone".

10. Throughout history, jewelry has been an indicator of status and wealth. For example, in ancient Rome, only certain high-ranking people were allowed to wear the rings.