* Famous Diamonds
- The Amsterdam Diamond - This rare black diamond of African origin is reported to be completely black. It weighs 33.74 carats, has 145 facets and was cut from a 55.85-carat rough.
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* Famous Gold Nuggets
- The Welcome Stranger
- The world's largest recorded alluvial gold nugget is “The Welcome Stranger”.
The huge gold nugget was found on 5th February, 1869 at Black Lead,
Bull-dog Gully, Moliagul in Victoria Australia -
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* Famous Opals - Featuring The
* Australian Opals
- The opal is the talisman for actors and the performing arts. The opal has
been linked to purity, hope and innocence. This gem has also been linked to
healing forces, friendship and emotion, so it has experienced its fair share
of folklore over the years.
* Famous Gemstones and Jewelry
- The Gordon Star Sapphire - A star sapphire pendant-ring that came up
for auction at Sothebys Auction House in 2002.
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* Crown Jewels
- The Cullinan I Diamond Cullinan rough diamond was presented to King Edward
VII for his 66th birthday and he named it "The Great Star of Africa" and
ordered it to be set in the British Imperial Sceptre or Royal Sceptre -
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* Wedding Anniversary Gemstones
* The House of Faberge
- It was all those beautiful articles of fantasy, those bibelots for the table,
which made his fame the world over. He became the first in Russia to make
objects of elegance, taste and feeling; his work the wide world over became
known as a style of its own, "Faberge".
* Celebrities wearing crucifix jewelry makes the Vatican cross
* Harley Davidson Jewelry
Feature Series - Body Jewelry
- Throughout history tattooing and body piercing have been practiced by many
cultures for many centuries.
The Benefits of Non Piercing Body Jewelry
- Bakelite, a durable phenolic resin, found its way into the fashion world
between 1933 and 1941 in the form of bracelets, broaches, necklaces,
earrings, rings, cufflinks, and buttons. In this era between the Depression
and World War II, Bakelite accessories were an affordable way for women to
brighten their wardrobes.
* Bakelite: Not Your Average Bangle
- Bakelite jewelry was well suited to the social atmosphere of the 1930s and
1940s. It offered a reasonably priced alternative to expensive material, and
the bright colors allowed women's fashion to become more flamboyant.
* Aromatic Viniagrettes
- Vinaigrettes became extremely popular during the Georgian period as an
attractive means of disguising unpleasant smells and odours. These days
they can make an attractive display on dressing tables, where they are a
reminder of days when hygiene left much to be desired.
* Art Deco Jewelry
- In the inter-war years, a profusion of new influences and an emphasis on
design values created a distinctive style of costume jewellery. For women,
things were never quite the same after World War 1.
* Art Deco Jewellery
- Two distinct styles dominated the jewellery of the 1920s and 1930s. While
geometric jewellery concentrated on abstract shapes, other designers made
brooches, earrings, bracelets and bangles with figurative motifs drawn from
the symbols of the modern age.
* Art and Crafts Movement Jewellery
- Concentrating on craftsmanship, Arts and Crafts designers rebelled against
the standards set by traditional jewellers and produced dramatic pieces with
* Cleaning Metal
- Old, badly tarnished metalware will reward you with a soft glow if the finish
is carefully restored, and regular cleaning will preserve its looks and
extend its life.
* Cloisonne Enamel
- Japanese cloisonne work, distinguished by the jewel-like brilliance of its
coloured enamels, was a great success in Europe when it was introduced, and
remains a desirable collectable today.
* Dressing Table Accessories
- Many of the containers used on the dressing table were finely made ornamental
pieces, fashioned from silver, porcelain or cut glass. Some accessories were
kept in specially designed cases called etuis. One kind of e'tui was
specially made to hold a set of scissors, nail file, tweezers and a silver
* Collectible Fans
- Fans have a long, long history, at least 2000 years, though their design and
role changed dramatically through the ages.
* Shopping For a Diamond Online
- One of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to this website is "Is
it safe to buy a diamond or jewelry online?" The answer is of course YES!
* Gemstone Jewelry
- High quality Victorian jewellery was made not only from gemstones, but also from more affordable natural stones, such as jet, agate and amber.
- Virtually all gemstones are formed beneath the earth from naturally occurring
minerals. Those that have outcropped on the surface, or been washed down in
streams and rivers, have been used for personal adornment since time
immemorial, and hundreds are now actively mined or synthesized.
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* Caring for Horn
- If you collect ornamental curios or functional items made from horn, they
will need occasional attention to keep this natural material looking its
best. Natural horn is a practical and attractive material and has long had a
place all around the home.
* Caring for Ivory and Bone
- Ivory and bone were particularly popular with the late Victorians and the
Edwardians. These materials were often exquisitely painted and carved and
were used for snuff and pill boxes, fans, combs, buttons, cutlery and