by Ben McLeod
Observing how a baby reacts to visual stimuli and it is easy to see how jewelry gets the attention of children and adults alike. Beauty, color and shine are universal attractants not limited to humans. Many species of animals and insects all react and respond to visual cues that often utilize elements of color and brilliance.
The effect on primitive man may be safely inferred the effect such objects produce upon infants. When an infant is shown a brilliantly colored object, they reach for it and gaze into the object. Vibrant colors pleasure the optic nerve. This can also be seen in the animal kingdom as well. Some animals especially birds will collect objects to build their nests with. The birds often travel great distances to find some of the objects. They are very meticulous and even though a similar bone may be close to their nest, they may not want it and travel a long distance to get one that looks very similar.
Jewelry designs for children have roots in many ancient cultures. Gifts of jewelry have been presented to honor the birth of child or to recognize other milestones in a childs development. Even today, many cultures adorn children with body jewelry at an early age. Body piercing is common even in western countries. It is not unusual for parents to pierce the ears of a newborn, adorning the child with earring jewelry. Though there is a great of debate surrounding this practice, it reflects customs that go back thousands of years.
Not limited to body jewelry, gifts of precious metals and gemstones for children are well documented throughout history. The Magi are said to have brought the newborn Jesus a gift of gold to honor him. Jewelry that has been in the family for many years is often given to child in hopes of carrying on a generational tradition. Birthstones, precious gems that have a connection to astrology, are common gifts for children. History is replete with stories and lore about the powers of precious gems and amulets. Bead jewelry has always had a strong cultural significance for children.
The moonstone is regarded as blessed or holy and is thought to bring good fortune to the wearer. In some cultures, the stone was thought to make the wearer invisible and is now believed by some in the New Age community to impart a level of spiritual permanence or even immortality to the wearer. It is widely believed that small children and infants are granted certain protections by owning the stone.
Along with the power of associated with gems, amulets and talisman, the sheer beauty of precious metals and gemstones is not lost on older children. In western cultures, jewelry has been thought of as an adornment primarily for females. Bracelets, rings and earrings have been considered must have items for modern girls and young women. The fascination of gold has not been lost on men and young boys.
Men have worn rings, tie tacks, stickpins and other items of jewelry as a display of wealth and influence. The late twentieth century saw a tremendous growth in the market for jewelry designed for boys and young men. In todays modern times, it is not uncommon to see young boys sporting earrings and body piercings. The hip hop culture has had a tremendous influence, creating a completely new language to describe flashy, audacious jewelry.
Even though the bling has become the thing for many kids today, traditional jewelry gifts for young men and boys are still popular. Whether a watch to signify graduation from school or a class ring.
TWO TONED JEWELRY
What is two toned jewelry?
Two toned gold jewelry is jewelry that has two or more tones of gold in it such as red – gold and gold or green gold- gold just to name two of the connections that a two toned gold jewelry item has involved in it. A combination that you may have heard of is Black Hills Gold. This is a popular style that incorporates gold, rose gold, yellow gold, and green gold to make their signature rings and jewelry. This style of jewelry is popular and the usage of two tones of gold to make jewelry is not unheard of. This jewelry is spectacular to look at and relatively inexpensive to own. The reason why this jewelry is so beautiful is because of the contrasts in the gold colors that are used in making this jewelry.
How many different jewelry items can be made of two toned gold?
There are many different two toned gold jewelry items for sale. They range from rings and bracelets to necklaces and watches and everything in between the two. You can find a wide selection of this two toned gold jewelry both at your local retailer and online through an internet search. There are many different sellers of this popular jewelry, no matter where you look. Buying online usually is the easier of the two, since you do not have to stand in line or wait or a salesperson to help you. You can usually find what you want online as well. Retail stores in a physical location also sell this popular jewelry. [Read More…] about What is the Latest Trend in Two Toned Gold Jewelry?
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is now becoming harder to obtain and therefore more expensive to buy.
There has been a vast reduction in the quantity being mined and this has resulted in it beginning to be rare.
It is said that the mines in Arizona will not be able to produce much more of the gem, if any, as the months go by.
It is a gem with a pure clarity and vivid colour. There are no marks on the stone and when set as a multi gem item, all the stones will match in colour and clarity exactly.
It first became popular when it was announced that it would become rarer in the future and many people have been buying both made up jewelry as well as single gemstones as an investment. Like other gems such as Tanzanite, it has become now a very desired gem to own and to keep. It looks good in Silver and Platinum as well as Gold. You can obtain it in Rings, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets and Pendants knowing they will all match.
Its beautiful Blue colour means that it can be worn for all occasions, Daytime, evening wear, special occasions and for any reason you may wish. It has all the qualities of Turquoise with all the meanings behind such a lovely gem.
Alexandrite and some of its properties.
Alexandrite is exotic and enchanting. Its ability to change colour from sensual glowing greens to deep reds is subtle and beguiling. Once you have noticed it, it will take hold of you and stimulate your senses.
Alexandrite is a rare variety of chrysoberyl and is prized for its remarkable optical properties. In natural daylight, which is rich in shorter wavelengths, it looks bright green. In the warmer longer-wavelength light of candles or light bulbs, it takes on a rich red or brownish-red colour. It has therefore been described as an Emerald by day and a Ruby by night.
The colour change is due to chromic oxide. This in Alexandrite partially replaces the aluminium oxide that occurs in the chemical composition of chrysoberyl. Colour changes do occur in some types of Sapphire, Tourmaline, Apatite and many other gemstones, but in this gemstone it shows the most dramatic effect.
An important source of Alexandrite was the Ural Mountains of Russia, where the variety was first described in 1830. The story has it that it was discovered by emerald miners on the birthday of Tsar Alexander ll and was named in his honour. The name was doubly appropriate since red and green were the Russian imperial colours.
Tanzanite and its properties.
Tanzanite is truly spectacular and this precious gemstone is found only in one location in the world, Tazania Africa.
In the light of day, deep electric blues evoke that “love at first sight” feeling, and then by the evening its purples, violets and reds ignite a sense of passion. A gemological and geographic phenomenon.
It is now claimed to be 1000 times rarer than diamonds. It is the blue variety of Zoisite. Even though Zoisite occurs in many places it requires the geological conditions that allow the gem to turn into this special blue colour. These conditions are so rare that they have been described as “more special than the gem itself“.
The gem is extremely sought-after due to its trichroic nature. This means that in Tanzanite the colours blue, pinkish violet and pink can be seen when looking at the gemstone from different angles. As with many other gemstones, the darker, more vivid the colour, the more valuable it becomes. There may also be a slight colour change when viewed in incandescent light (such as that from a light bulb) when stones may appear violet.
Kyanite and some of its properties.
Kyanite is an attractive mineral infrequently used as a gemstone in jewellery. Its brittleness means that extreme care must be taken when handling, cutting and polishing.
Kyanite has perfect cleavage in one direction. Its name derives from the Greek kyanos, meaning “blue”. (It is used in the production of spark plugs).
Kyanite is unique among gems in that it has a wide variation of hardness across the same crystal. This is known as being disthene.
In jewellery, the most prized kyanites are transparent and deep cornflower blue, pale blue or bluish-green in colour. It can often be mistaken for Sapphire or Aquamarine. It is often fashioned into long rectangle and step cuts or into oval carbochons.
Its Royal blues capture the imagination and the finest examples of this gemstone have clarity that will delight you. Only the finest Ceylon Sapphire could compare with the delights and depths of this beautiful Kyanite.
Kyanite is probably one of the most underestimated gemstones in the industry. In the next decade or two, it will possibly become one of the most sought-after gems on the planet.
Here are the 10 most rare and valuable gemstones and minerals ever seen in the world like the Poundretteite and red diamonds!
This mineral was discovered way back in 1883 by a French mineralogist named Augustin Alexis Damour, who named it after the Russian scientist Pavel Vladimirovich Eremeev. The crystal was found on Mt. Soktui in Siberia, Russia. Since then, it has been described as being found in the Eifel District of Germany and in the Pamir Mountains in Namibia. This rare valuable gemstones, aluminum borate mineral is comprised of variable hydroxide and fluoride ions.
This mineral was first found during the mid-1960’s in the Poudrette quarry of Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. However, it wasn’t until 1987 that the poudretteite was fully recognized as a new mineral. Even then, this mineral wasn’t described in depth until 2003. As stated by several different sources, it’s believed that only a relative few will ever come into contact with this mineral and let alone ever even hear it mentioned.
This is considered to be an extremely rare mineral and gem that was first seen in 1902 on the Island of Madagascar. It was named in honor after the French explorer Alfred Grandidier who once studied the island’s natural history. Grandidierite comes in a bluish-green color and is located almost entirely in Madagascar, although, there was a clean faceted sample that was found in Sri Lanka. Grandidierite is also pleochroic, which means it’s able to absorb different wavelengths of light differently and that results in different colors, such is the same ability with the gems tanzanite and alexandrite.
These valuable gemstones were first discovered back in the 1950’s in Myanmar by a British mineralogist named Arthur C. D. Pain. For the next several decades only two fragments of the hexagonal mineral were known to exist on earth. By the time the year 2005 rolled around, there were still less than 25 discovered pieces of painite and The Guinness Book of World Records had declared it the world’s rarest gemstone mineral. However, that was 11 years ago and since then the origin of the original stones has been found, along with two other major locations that have led to the discovery of thousands of small samples of painite fragments. Even so, they’re still considered one of the world’s rarest minerals.
6. Red Beryl
Also known as bixbite, “red emerald”, or “scarlet emerald”, red beryl was first reported as far back as 1904. Even though its chemical compound is closely similar to that of aquamarines and emeralds, it’s actually considered to be rarer than both of them. What gives the mineral its red color palette is thanks to the presence of ManganeseⅢ+ ions. It can be found in parts of New Mexico and Utah where it’s actually proven to be quite difficult to mine. Because of this, prices for this valuable gemstones are known to reach high levels and have even gone on to be around 10,000 per karat for stones.
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Why gemstones jewelry latest fashion trends?
In previous, gemstones are stands for “good luck and prosperity“; but for latest generation they are famous for their unique features, color, attractive designs and also brightness. And also care and maintenance of gemstones are quite easy as compared to other like gold, steel, platinum things. So, that’s why it is very latest in use, fashion and trends as well.
Gemstone jewelry is the perfect and unique fashion for all occasions even, you can wear it very freely for looking something different, and especially ladies have preferred it in high ratio because they want to look gorgeous and unique among all.
Mostly, its wearer is from a rich family and high society because it reflects royalty and extraordinary quality on others and also because it is the fashion.
It is an undoubtedly fact that the world is totally associated with fashion and style, People want to buy their garments in different types of shades, color and designs. For each they also demand same color matching jewelry. Usually, gemstone jewelry is preferred by most of people because of its beauty and uniqueness. However, its maintenance quite simple and easy. So most probably it is in very high in demand and latest in fashion.
You drastically can change any normal outfits into noticeable and impressive look.
Sapphire, ruby, and emerald are the three famous gemstones in the world, which are quite versatile and compliment any look.
“Gemstones- jewelry” just by a mere glance of it brings a dazzle and an eye starts sparkling. This is certain that you will be addressed with a different style statement once you add the gemstone to your wardrobe.
Apart from all the valuable qualities in you, you will add yourself “EXTRA and UNIQUE and STYLE and PROUD” to your name.
ASTROLOGICAL BENEFITS OF GEMSTONES
Gemstones are known to have positive energy and special powers that come from earth itself. Each gemstone is unique in its own way. You only need to find which stone is your special stone. Your own vibrations when combined with the gemstone vibrations can bring about an epic change in your life. Gemstones are popularly used in treating many serious illnesses, in bringing peace to troubled minds and they have the capability to protect you from dangers and negative energies. They are known to attract love, bring wealth and prosperity, to bring success in careers, to open business doors, for healing major diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to dispel negative energy.
Each planet in the solar system is associated with a gemstone.
There are gemstones according to sun signs known as zodiac gemstones or birthstones. It is believed that you need to wear an astrologically referenced gemstone to enjoy the positive effects. Vedic astrology of gemstones is based on horoscopes. Gemstones are prescribed on the basis of moon signs, birth ascendant, birth constellation or based on the name of the person. The date, time and place of birth are important is ascertaining your nakshatra or birth ascendant.
The Ruby gemstone is known to forewarn people of coming dangers, and cure leprosy and bone diseases. The Pearl gives mental peace and improves memory. It is known to heal eye problems, hysteria and tuberculosis. Yellow sapphires give marital bliss and bring harmony in relationships. They are useful in curing cholera and jaundice. The Emerald gives wisdom and success in business and careers. The blue sapphire is believed to bring wealth and prosperity. [Read More…] about Gemstones: Astrological Benefits
The infallible gift, beautiful birthstones.
The infallible gift of Birthstones jewelry makes the perfect gift. There’s no worrying about whether the color is right or if the size is correct. Rings can easily be sized up one or two sizes or down at the local jeweler. Many online jewelry stores offer rings in several sizes and even show you how to measure for the correct size.
Jewelry doesn’t have to be horrendously expensive if you know where to shop. How about a one carat diamond ring for just a bit more than $ 200.00? Don’t think that’s possible? Well it is when the diamonds are set in sterling silver instead of platinum, or white gold, and there are 168 diamonds adding up to a total weight of one carat instead of 3 or 4 bigger diamonds.
If bracelets are more your type of gift, surprise her with an emerald bracelet of nearly seven carats set in vermeil (gold overlaid on silver) for less than $ 200.
The bracelet is a basket weave setting allowing more light to interplay and bounce off the emeralds highlighting their intense green color.
When on the hunt for jewelry bargains, shopping at a reliable jeweler, whether offline or online is important to make sure you receive the quality you’ve paid for. Buying second hand birthstones or birthstone jewelry from an auction site, or in person at a second hand shop or pawn shop is risky. Many times only a certified gemologist is able to separate the real birthstones from the imposters.
Seeing a foil backed gemstone or a closed back setting is a dead giveaway that the stones are glass rather than real. However some of the more brilliant crystals don’t require either the foil backing for their brilliance and are often set in open pronged settings.
Colored gemstones are valued on their color and size. The deeper the color and closer to the spectral hue — the color you see in a rainbow — the more valuable. Since most jewelry is viewed from the top of the stone, placing a deeply hued slice of the same gemstone on topic of a paler gemstone infuses the entire gem with a deeper color. For example: beryl, the mineral emeralds are made of, comes in shades of pale yellow to dark green (as well as red but that’s another story). A slice of grass green beryl on top of a pale yellow faceted stone makes the entire stone look greener. The slice is easily hidden by the cut of the stone. In fact unless you know the doublet is there it’s difficult to spot.
Nearly every gemstone, including opals, can be faked with a doublet. The gemstone is real so testing methods won’t show it to be a fraud. The value can be completely misrepresented.