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The Amazingly Long History of Earrings

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Earrings have been around for centuries. Some of the handcrafted earrings that have been found in the ancient graves of royal Egyptians and Babylonians are more than 5000 years old. They used to be seen as a sign of wealth. Only the richest people had enough gold or precious stones to wear fashion jewelry. It’s thought that earrings first came ... 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 »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Star of Africa

The Star of Africa

The story of the Star of Africa starts with the largest diamond crystal ever found. It came from a South African mine in 1905. The crystal weighed about 1 1/3 pounds, and was 3,106 carats. It was dubbed “The Cullinan,” after the owner of the mine. The entire Cullinan was sold to the Transvaal government in the Republic of South ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Curse of the Amber Room

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Earlier in my series about gems and beaded jewelry, I wrote about the Amber Room. If you missed that story, you can check it out here, but you don’t have to read that post to understand this one. The Amber Room was an entire room made of amber panels and beaded jewelry. During WWII, it was stolen from Russia by ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Hope Diamond

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You’ve probably heard of the Hope Diamond—the 45.52 carat megalith of a gemstone, colored a deep ocean blue with hints of violet. Legend says the Hope Diamond was stolen from its setting in the eye, or the third eye, of a sacred Indian statue, adorned with priceless gems and beaded jewelry. For the record, this legend is probably just that—a ... Read More »

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: The Amber Room

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I love learning about the history behind famous beaded jewelry and gems. So many of them are rich in stories, were passed among royalty, or are even associated with curses. I’ll start the series with one of the most notorious precious stone stories in history. The Amber Room In 1716, Prussia gave Peter the Great of Russia an extravagant gift ... Read More »

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