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Prior to the discovery of diamonds in Brazil in the 1700s, India was the only place where diamonds were mined. Early references to diamonds in India come from
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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the ancient Greek ("not") and ("intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is a semi-precious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February. Hardness is 7 in Mohs Scale Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, (the...
The first signs of jewelry being made and worn dates to over 100,000 thousand years ago, basically the dawn of time. People of all cultures wore jewelry that signified their status, social or official rank, religious or political affiliation and of course for personal adornment. Even as far as Stone Age, our ancestors found a way to create many types of jewelry made from materials such as stones, feathers, leather, bones, wood, shells, minerals and later precious metals and gemstones. The ability to forge bronze and copper some 7 thousand years ago into many shapes finally enabled the creation of...