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Jade Jewelry

Jade: a stone with ancient mystiqueJade is one of the few gemstones that can be traced back to prehistoric times. Some 8,000 years ago, jade was valued for its hardness and strength. Ancient civilizations used jade to create weapons and tools, especially ones with sharp cutting edges, like knives and axes.Jade was highly valued in ancient China and played a significant role in the nation's culture and history. The famous Chinese philosopher Confucius referred to jade as "the precious stone of

Hematite Jewelry

Hematite: a glamorous gunmetal glowHematite is the mineral form of iron oxide and has a striking metallic luster, similar to polished metal. The word hematite comes from the Greek work "haima" meaning blood, referring to the mineral's red color when in powdered form. A hematite stone will leave a red streak when scratched along a piece of unglazed porcelain.Hematite was used in seals as early as 2500 B.C. The ancient Egyptians placed hematite in tombs, as they believed it would help with the

Diopside Jewelry

Diopside: a new green on the sceneA relatively new addition to the jewelry world, diopside dazzles with a bright green hue. Diopside is colored by chromium, the same element that gives emerald its color, but diopside is a much more affordable gemstone.Rare in nature, diopside acts as an indicator of diamonds and can even appear as an inclusion within a diamond.In ancient times, some believed that diopside fell from the tree of life and should be buried with the dead to ensure the renewal of

Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

Cubic Zirconia: faux and fabulousCubic zirconia is a mineral, zirconium oxide, which is very rare in nature, but can be manmade to create a brilliant gemstone with all the fire of a diamond. In fact, only a trained eye can tell a real diamond from cubic zirconia!In the 1930s, German mineralogists discovered a naturally occurring cubic form of zirconium oxide (CZ for short), but there is no record of the mineral being found again.It wasn't until the 1970s when Soviet scientists, looking for a
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