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These Diamonds Have a Lore All Their Own

The 45-carat Hope Diamond, for example, is believed to have been owned at various times by both the French and English royal families. Louis XVI lost possession of the gem during the French Revolution when a mob looted the crown jewels and the already-famous gem – then known as the French Blue Diamond – disappeared. It turned up, re-cut, probably to disguise its origins, 20 years...
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The History of the Engagement Ring

One of the first recorded accounts of an engagement ring was in 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring. Maximilian wed Mary within 24 hours, thus beginning a tradition that has spanned centuries. Although diamonds were reserved for royalty and the wealthy for the next 400 years, it wasn’t until 1870, with the discovery of the diamond mines...
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The History of Spiritual Jewelry

In varying degrees, of course, but for certain in every age of recorded history and on every continent, people were very respectful of their heavenly superiors, and they showed their respect and devotion by wearing various symbols that held (for them) deep meaning. In antiquity, common spiritual themes in jewelry celebrated and symbolized food, fertility and children, health, victory in battle...
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From the Ancient to the Contemporary: The History of Fine Jewelry

Carved ivory bracelets dating from the Paleolithic era have been found, suggesting that before there was written language, agriculture or settled communities there was jewelry. In every era since then, jewelry has reflected the society that created it. It has been used for trade, to seek favor from the gods, as a symbol of royalty and as a sign of wealth. Its aesthetics, too, have reflected its...
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From the Ancient to the Contemporary: The History of Fine Jewelry

Carved ivory bracelets dating from the Paleolithic era have been found, suggesting that before there was written language, agriculture or settled communities there was jewelry. In every era since then, jewelry has reflected the society that created it. It has been used for trade, to seek favor from the gods, as a symbol of royalty and as a sign of wealth. Its aesthetics, too, have reflected its...
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Fine Jewelry Has Its Roots in Ancient Civilizations

Discoveries of jewelry – impressive hammered, soldered and engraved gold pieces inlaid with jasper, amethyst, turquoise or lapis – in tombs in Egypt, Iraq and Mesopotamia have been dated to as early as 3000 BC. Trade likely took jewelry from Egypt to Greece, where Greek artists – also influenced by Asian filigree designs which reached Crete around 2400 BC – combined gold...
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