Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Curse of the Black Orlov Diamond

Black Orlov Diamond

Let’s add the Black Orlov Diamond to the growing list of gems and beaded jewelry rumored to be stolen from Indian statues. I’ve featured several others on this blog. The Black Orlov is also known as the Eye of Brahma, since legend has it that a renegade monk stole it from a statue of Brahma. At the time it was ... Read More »

A Girl’s Guide to Garnets

Garnet Crystals

A Girl’s Guide to Garnets By Leslie Patrick Move over diamonds, come January it’s the multifaceted face of the garnet that’s taking over the limelight in popular beaded jewelry designs. Despite popular presumption, January’s birthstone exist not only in the traditional deep red they are prized for, but in pink, violet, brown, orange, and even surprisingly in the decidedly un-garnet ... Read More »

Extend Beaded Jewelry With Jewelry Extenders

If you have ever received a gorgeous piece of beaded jewelry which simply did not fit, it is certainly very frustrating. Perhaps you would like to wear it with a lovely dress because it matches perfectly.  However it is too snug to wear and would be uncomfortable if you tried.    You truly did not want to give it away ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Ruspoli Sapphire

Not every amazing gem is faceted, polished and set in beaded jewelry. We’ve already discussed the uncut Bahia Emerald, and the near-deadly, super-expensive battles surrounding its ownership. This month, let’s talk about the Ruspoli Sapphire—one of the most unique, priceless sapphires in the world. The Ruspoli Sapphire may have come from India. Instead of faceting gems at multiple angles and ... Read More »

November Birthstone “Topaz & Citrine”

November’s Birthstone “Citrine & Topaz” Birthstones, Topaz and Citrine by birthright are blessedly awarded to the people born in the month of November. Happily received by all as one of only a few months the weather changes and the leaves turn into rich powerful yellows, reds and browns. Known by most as autumn or fall, the weather turns to a ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Orlov Diamond

Though it’s said to have come from India, like so many rare beaded jewelry pieces and gems, the Orlov Diamond’s story really takes place in Imperial Russia. In the 18th century, Grigory Orlov was quite the ladies’ man. He wasn’t of noble birth, or particularly well educated, but he was strong, handsome, and rich enough to give women expensive beaded ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Bahia Emerald

The Bahia Emerald

The story of the Bahia Emerald isn’t one of women flaunting dazzling beaded jewelry, but of Las Vegas heists and near blood baths in the desert. It is the largest emerald stone ever found, and the single largest emerald crystal ever discovered in embedded in rock. It weighs 840 pounds. That’s about 1,900,000 carats. It’s worth about $400 million. Chump ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Flame Queen Opal

SW Creations - Original Handcrafted Jewelry

Australia’s Lightning Ridge region is known as the black opal capital of the world, and has produced thousands of opals for beaded jewelry, as well as loose stones. But the most famous opal it ever produced has to be the Flame Queen Opal. Back in the early 20th century, a miner in Lightning Ridge abandoned his claim in order to ... Read More »

The Legend of October’s Birthstone “The Opal”

“Opal“ October’s Birthstone October’s birthstone for centuries was considered to be none other than the Tourmaline gemstone. But, Tourmaline was known more in medieval times to be the desired birthstone of October.  Now in modern time, starting at or around the 18thcentury, the Opal gemstone has gained in popularity and is now referred to as October’s beloved birthstone. October’s gemstone, ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Rosser Reeves Star Ruby

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Do you believe that special stones and beaded jewelry can bring you good luck? Many people do. Star rubies, in particular, were often treasured by knights, who believed the jewels kept them safe on the battlefield. Some stories from India say the power of a star ruby can drain an enemy’s courage, especially if it’s worn on a crown or ... Read More »

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