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The Hope Diamond - The World's most Famous Diamonds

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The Hope Diamond - The World's most Famous Diamonds

Diamonds have fascinated mankind for centuries; it is not surprising that I have always found diamonds to be fascinating as well. How the strongest material known to... 

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The History of Cufflinks: Everything you need to Know

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The History of Cufflinks: Everything you need to Know

One of the coolest pieces of jewelry a man can wear is a pair of cufflinks. Me being the history geek, I always thought that cufflinks were being worn back in the Medieval courtier days, by knights

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From the Latin Aqua Marinus

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From the Latin Aqua Marinus

Aquamarine (from Latin: aqua marina, being, water: sea, i.e. seawater, marina, from marīnus; of the sea.) is a blue or cyan variety of beryl. It occurs at most localities that yield ordinary beryl.

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The History of the Diamond

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The History of the Diamond

DIAMONDS

Early history

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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Cleopatra's Favorite

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Cleopatra's Favorite

Emerald is a gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Most emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor. Emerald is a cyclosilicate. The word "emerald" is derived (via Old French: esmeraude and Middle English: emeraude), from Vulgar Latin: esmaralda/esmaraldus, a variant of Latin smaragdus, which originated in Ancient Greek: (smaragdos; "green gem")  Hardness of 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale  Emeralds, like all colored gemstones, are graded using four basic parameters–the four Cs of connoisseurship: color, clarity, cut and carat weight. Before...

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