Ah yes, the purple stone. Amethyst, the birthstone for February got its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “not drunken”. Amethyst was suppose to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus which is why wineglasses were often carved from it. Amethyst is also the purple variety of quartz family. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia.
While there have been many first ladies that have gotten a lot of press for their fashionable ways, there are few that got as much positive and negative attention at the same time. Ronald Reagan’s…
May is the month for emeralds! The lush green of emerald has soothed souls and excited imaginations since the antiquity. The name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus”. Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald in his Natural History, published in the first century AD as “nothing greens greener”.
The luxury market is still going strong according to LVMH! Bulgari recorded strong sales in 2014 while the watch brands owned by LVMH struggled due to “cautious purchasing” among retailers, the luxury goods conglomerate reported…
Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles ~ Sonja Henie
Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It has decorated the robes of royalty and clergy members for centuries. Its extraordinary color is the standard against which other blue gems—from topaz to tanzanite—are measured. Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphires. In some religions, the blue color of sapphires represented the heavens. In the 12th century, the sapphire gemstone was known as the most appropriate stone for ecclesiastical rings. The Sinhalese believed that the star sapphire served as protection and a guard against witchcraft. During the 18th century, sapphires were used to test female loyalty, changing color if the woman was unfaithful. Sapphires have long been used as talismans for protection, warding off diseases and to bring peace, happiness and superior intelligence.
Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone. Here are two very interesting facts about peridot. Some peridot is quite ancient, it has been found in pallasite meteorites, which are remnants of our solar system’s birth. It is estimated those stones are approximately 4.5 billion years old. In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe. Yep, that is the truth.
Here is the second post on Barbara Hutton that I promised you!
Barbara Woolworth Hutton was born in New York City on November 14, 1912 and died May 11, 1979 in Beverly Hills. She was only 66 when she died. Decades before Elizabeth Taylor, Athina Onassis Roussel or Kim Kardashian (for this generation) became famous, the original front page heiress/celebrity was Barbara Hutton. She was known as “the million dollar baby” and “the poor little rich girl” the title of a Noël Coward 1920’s song. She became front page news (at age 5) when her mother died. After that, every major event of her life was publicized in the newspapers.