A new selection of 10 unusual, amusing and curious facts about precious and semi-precious stones, jewelry and their history.
The more you learn about the world of jewelry making, the more you realize how much there is still to learn. Extraordinary discoveries, surprising color palettes and shades, the origins of naming - there is much more to learn about stones, metals and their creations. And here you will find the first part of our informative and interesting collection of facts.
1. beautiful pink kunzite gradually loses its rich color when it lies in direct sunlight for a long time. Because of this property, the stone used to be called "evening stone".
2. In some African cultures, large earrings are a sign of masculinity, bravery, power and high social status.
3. opals can contain up to 30% water in their composition.
4. sapphires come in almost all colors except red. These gemstones are found on almost every continent, with deposits having completely different soil chemistry that allows for this variety of colors.
5. The extraordinary bicolor ametrine takes its name from two other stones, amethyst and citrine, because it combines the colors of both. Both, in turn, are varieties of quartz.
6. ruby owes its name to its red color, which sounds like "rubeus" in Latin.
7. palladium is a precious metal from the platinum group.
8. alexandrite can turn green in daylight and red in artificial light.
9. pearls may not have nacreous luster. These rare varieties include shell, melo and cohog.
10. "Dragon skin" is the name for the extraordinary green ammolite, the nacreous layer of ancient ammonite shells.