Only few countries have amber production, all of them are located on Baltic sea shore – Baltic countries, Poland and Russia are the main source of this beautiful stone. Unlike other natural stones amber is very light so even large dangle earrings will not cause you any discomfort to wear.
Thanks to its composition and beautiful looks amber jewelry is recommended to those who want to get a source of joy and positive thoughts. People say that amber has a sun shine trapped inside because it looks so happy and shiny. Modern medicine extracts amber acid from the stone which is used as an anti-inflammatory, detox and anti-stress product.
Very few people know that incense which is so popular during important religious ceremonies is actually a smoke of amber which has such a wonderful odor that many centuries ago it was chosen to decorate mystic rituals.
One of the largest ever amber one can see in natural history museum in London, it weights 15 kg and has a name of Birma Amber. In Russian museum of amber in Kaliningrad, you can find a piece of amber of weight of 4.3 kg. Such large pieces of amber are extremely rare, by far no more than 10 pieces of amber heavier than 10 kg were found. Thanks to the ability of amber to mummify insects and animals the scientists managed to discover many ancient species which extinguished millions of years ago.
Because of it is very ancient origin amber often has insects and parts of animals included inside, even some of them have feather of dinosaurs! Such amber is very rare and thus is very expensive. By far in the whole world 30 pieces of amber with lizards and about 50 with butterflies were found.
If you want to make sure that you have a genuine amber jewelry, place your items inside the water. If a piece of jewelry was made with genuine amber – it will sink while plastic fake amber will stay on the water. Another option is to put a ray of fluorescent lamp on it, the genuine amber will change color while the fake will keep same color.
Originally earrings were metal, but the ancient Greeks styled earrings made of natural stones. In primitive cultures there is a belief that earrings protect against the entry of evil spirits into the body through the ears. In addition, in ancient times it was believed that earrings, especially gold, can cure headaches and improve vision.
Very popular earrings used among the pirates, there was virtually not a single pirate that does not wear. Earrings could mean that the wearer had crossed the equator or survived a shipwreck. In the case of death of a sailor, he had hoped that the gold earring will cover the cost of the funeral according to Christian traditions.
In the middle ages, earrings were passed under the onslaught of giant wigs, dresses enclosed with high gates and wide-brimmed hats, and only in the Renaissance began to win the position, as once again received a blow from cap! Finally, at the beginning of the last century, high hairstyles , followed by short haircuts styled long earrings, jewelers rejoiced! Also got clip-on earrings that were considered more hygienic. With the development of cinema earrings have gained access to a huge audience, dreaming of a beautiful life, and luxury long earrings with crystals and natural stones have become a mandatory attribute.
With the emergence of cubic Zirconia or artificial diamonds, has been significantly expanded: now, in addition to earrings made of precious metals and natural stones, you can buy very nice earrings with cubic Zirconia, which sparkled not worse than their natural counterparts. Phianites look great both on small earrings-carnations and long evening earrings in a vintage style.
Not to mention earrings with Swarovski crystals. At the beginning of last century, the invention of Daniel Swarovski by major fashion houses of the world and especially Chanel. Thanks to the legendary crystals shone not one fashion show, and now everyone can afford to buy jewelry with Swarovski crystals: earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets.Our online shop is pleased to offer earrings, made in very different styles: from classic earrings to the business style to the long sparkling and incredibly sexy, which definitely need to wear on a date with your beloved!
Necklace, perhaps, the most ancient jewelry created by man. Bonded on a string glass beads or natural stones are very common to be found during the excavation sites of ancient man. Recently in South Africa a necklace of shellfish was found, dating back to 73 000 BC. In Ancient Egypt the design of the necklaces were almost professional, using more sophisticated intricate designs than regular strung of beads.
In the time of Alexander the Great lots of golden necklaces were produced, as gold captured by an army was in excess. However in the first century it came into fashion to use natural stones, round and triangular shapes.
During the early middle ages terracotta necklaces were common, necklaces made of amethyst and quartz. Also pendants got very popular, it was Etruscans who began to wear them and who liked various mystical objects that was protecting the owner from any harm, disease and other troubles. In the 16th century the fashion for the pendants has reached its peak, as the suspension had images of some important items as, for example, a ship in the great Armada or the first letter of the name of the sovereign.
One of the most common typology of collar – the length:
1. "Choker" is tightly fitted to the neck necklace
2. "Princess" - short necklaces of 46-50 cm long
3. "Matinee" - the necklaces of 56 to 58 cm long, usually it's one thread, not reaching to the edge of the neckline
4. Opera necklace - length is 75-90 cm, goingg to the chest level
5. Long necklace – over 90 cm long
6. "Lasso" is a very long necklace that is put on in several rows
The Victorian era brought a significant change in fashion jewelry. Long dangling earrings came into fashion and thin bracelets and a set of several bracelets on one's arm. In this romantic time bracelets with portraits or locks of loved ones were extremely popular, and, of course, they were engraved with inscriptions of eternal love. In addition, the fashion was a mystery, so the pieces of jewelry were often given special mysterious properties or functions. Bracelets with natural stones appeared where the first letter of each stone in the bracelet was used to collect the name of the beloved or any other significant word. For example, a bracelet with lapis lazuli, opal, bronze and emerald symbolize "Love" (Lapis, Opal, Vermeil, Emerald = LOVE)
The epoch of art Nouveau has made significant new changes in the fashion industry. Bracelets with a snake were back in fashion, decorations with a mysterious ancient Egyptian scarab enjoyed great success , as well as decorations with dragonflies, butterflies, swans, and even bats. At the beginning of the past century women discovered the beauty of their hands – they started to wear dresses with short sleeve, and consequently there was a demand for the bracelets on the forearm. These bracelets were often decorated with precious or natural stones.
In the 60-70s there was a great demand for bracelets made of natural stones or, if the pocket allowed, with diamonds. In the ' 70s all the rage of beaded and thin bracelets were a la mode. Artificial diamonds – cubic Zirconia were introduced which made luxurious shiny and shimmering bracelets affordable to every woman. Sometimes even an expert cannot confidently distinguish cubic zirconia from genuine diamond jewelry. Since 80s one could find bracelets in a great variety of styles, sizes, and compositions. Now the bracelet is not a fashion item but a way of expression of one's personality. You can choose delicate bracelet with sparkling cubic Zirconia or Swarovski crystals or a large bracelets made of natural stones, luxury pearl bracelet or the original bead bracelet, all this is in fashion because it matches your style and mood.
The ring is perhaps the most popular and most ancient piece of jewelry. Rings have many symbolic meanings in different cultures and eras. Who lived in the 18th century writer Sam Johnson, for example, called the ring a symbol of submission of women to men. However, there are civilizations that never knew the rings: the ancient Assyrians rings not worn, and archaeologists are unable to find a single ring on the excavation of settlements of the ancient Celts. The Eskimos also remained completely indifferent to the subject of jewelry, and when European ships arrived with a great selection of all kinds of rings that you want to share, the huskies showed no interest, and all this beauty had to drive back. Perhaps the harsh climate forced the Inuit to forget about the vanity, because a ring at that temperature can affect the free circulation of the blood.
In the middle ages rings attributed to various magical properties, it was believed that the rings can be inhabited by evil and good spirits. Very popular were the rings with natural stones, for example, it was believed that wearing an amethyst ring, it will always remain sober, no matter how much we drank, and turquoise ring will change color if its owner tries to feed poisoned food.
In the Roman Empire, the rings were incredibly popular. There were a lot of rules, under which was worn the trinket. For example, rings with natural stones was allowed to wear only on the left hand if the man wore such a ring on his right hand, in the eyes of society he looked ridiculous and effeminate. Most prized ring with amber and Jasper. Gold rings is not worn to the funeral, for this case relied only an iron ring signet. Wealthy Romans picked up their rings for the season thin in the summer and solid in winter. Popular were special rings, which were worn on the day of birth. Married women wore rings with a small key symbol of their power in the house.
The first practical application of the ring was the seal of the ruler. Romans used this decoration as a personal signature, and the tradition lasted until Elizabethan times, when every merchant marked his goods own ring with a seal.
A sad page in the history of the rings steel ring with the poison, very popular in the middle ages, the famous ring with the lion Cesario Borgia contained a deadly poison, and shake hands with this nice men cost the lives of many miserable. One hopes that they have time to wear turquoise ring.
Papal legates wore a special ring that gave them full immunity. Still there is a tradition to create the ring of the fisherman for the newly elected Pope, which was destroyed after his death. Each time a ring is created of solid gold and it is applied the boat is a symbol of the journey to heaven St. Peter.
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