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Gold, Metal of the Gods and Mere Mortals – Part II

August 1, 2005

Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” make mention of gold as the glory of the immortals and a sign of wealth among ordinary humans.

Gold Metal of the Gods and Mere Mortals – Part 1

July 1, 2005

Gold is the oldest precious metal known to man. There is so much history, myth and legend associated with this metal that it is difficult to cover everything. Let’s just start by saying that gold was probably used by prehistoric man. Highly sophisticated gold art objects and jewelry discovered by archaeologists in the Sumerian Royal Tombs at Ur, in what is now Southern Iraq, date back to around 3000 BC.

JUNE 2005 – Platinum the most precious metal

June 1, 2005

Many believe that platinum is a new metal. Did you know some meteorites contain platinum? The earliest recorded meteorite dates back 2 billion years. Since then, platinum has been seen throughout history. In the Louvre, sits a casket with platinum hieroglyphics that dates to about 700 BC. Some artifacts were discovered in Pre-Columbian South America dating 100 BC. Not knowing what they had, the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th Century named it “platina”, “little silver”. In the mid 1700’s, a Swedish scientist categorized platinum as a precious metal.

May 2005 – The Engagement Ring Phenomenon Part VIII

May 1, 2005

It looks like a diamond, but what is it and what are some of the differences? Cubic Zirconia was discovered in its natural state in 1937, by two German mineralogists, von Stackelberg and Chudoba. Using x-ray diffraction they determined that this zirconium oxide was made up of tiny cubic crystals.

April 2005 – Are Man Made Diamonds a Good Alternative?

April 1, 2005

Synthetic diamond is diamond produced through chemical or physical processes in a laboratory. Like naturally occurring diamond, it is composed of a three-dimensional carbon crystal. Synthetic diamonds are also called cultured diamonds, manufactured diamonds, and artificial diamonds.

March 2005 – What is Happening at the Gem Faire Tucson?

March 1, 2005

COLOR is what is happening at the Gem Faire. There was a spectrum of color, from pink and green tourmalines to fancy colored sapphires to rutilated quartz and interesting fossils.

February 2005 – A History of Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2005

There are many versions of the history of Valentines Day, most of which contain elements of both Christian and Roman tradition. The one we like the best contends that, in third century Rome, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men, believing that single men made better soldiers than married ones.

January 2005 – The Engagement Ring Phenomenon: Part VI

January 1, 2005

Many crystal fragments in their natural creation have impurities. Inclusions and fissures within them which may trap light and detract from it’s color and beauty. Inclusions are irregularities or small bits of foreign matter that were trapped in a diamond while it was being formed several billion years ago.

December 2004 – The Engagement Ring Phenomenon: Part V

December 1, 2004

What if you already have a stone? How about purchasing a previously owned piece? Whose diamond is it? Not your former betrothed’s? Your mother’s? Grandmother’s? Her mother’s? Hmmm… Something to consider.