The big diamonds keep on coming! Let’s see how this one does in real time. This has become a trend – big diamonds being the headliner at the big jewelry auctions. Next month, Geneva has…
Tourmalines come in a wide variety of different colors. In fact, tourmaline has one of the widest color ranges of any gemstone species, occurring in various shades of virtually every hue.
This is the part 1 of a two part post on tourmalines, one of October’s birthstones.
Seals and signet rings (from Latin “signum” meaning sign) were used in the earliest civilizations and are of considerable importance in archaeology and history because of their practicality. The useful seal evolved into jewelry because of its utilitarian purpose of authenticating a document while being portable. At a time when few could read or write, seals bore a distinguishing mark or badge, equivalent to that of a signature. The seal was essential for establishing the ownership of property, for legitimizing business transactions, for rulers, governments and church officials authenticating any kind of correspondence. The signet ring became popular for its convenience because the seal was ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Only later did it become ‘a piece of jewelry’. The signet ring has been worn and used throughout history in all cultures around the world.