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Sapphire – fidelity stone

Sapphire - fidelity stone

Sapphire – fidelity stone


Sapphire is one of the most expensive minerals in the world. The name “sapphire” comes from the Greek sappheiros – “blue stone”. However, a similar word existed in the Hebrew and Persian languages. It is possible that the original source was Sanskrit. Like other blue jewelry stones, it is considered to be an “air stone” and personifies the sky.
A good blue sapphire must be dense and heavy, transparent, shiny (with an inner shine) and well-cut. The color of the ideal stone “resembles the color of the neck of a peacock or cornflowers”. Sapphires are blue, however, there are some more rare sapphires of other colors.
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Malachite – false emerald from copper mines

Malachite - false emerald from copper mines

Malachite – false emerald from copper mines


Semiprecious stones are famous not only for their incomparable color, brilliance, crystalline form, but also for that divine aura that allows to consider them a miracle.
Despite the fact that today minerals have been thoroughly studied even at the atomic level, they, like thousands of years ago, remain a mystery to us. The Ural malachite is a Russian gemstone with tremendous esoteric properties. Modern esotericists claim that malachite has an exceptional ability to take negative energy, clearing the surrounding space. But the stone should be periodically cleaned. Otherwise, the negative energy accumulated in it can be harmful. That is why it is not recommended to wear malachite jewelry, previously owned by the sick people.
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Leg less Wonders. Snakes in art

Leg less Wonders. Snakes in art

Leg less Wonders. Snakes in art


Snakes don’t have legs, or arms either. These reptiles look slippery and slimy, but their skin actually feels like cool soft leather. The smallest snakes are no larger than worms. All snakes are hunters and swallow their food whole, without chewing. Snakes are eaten by big birds such as eagles, hawks, and owls.
During cold winters, thousands of snakes may sleep together in a hole underground to keep each other warm.
There are about 2,900 species of snake. The best-known snakes include cobras, vipers, boas, and pythons. Snakes are found throughout the world except near the North and South poles. Most snakes live on the ground, but others prefer trees. Sea snakes live in water.
Snakes grow throughout their lives. A snake sheds its skin many times during its life.
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Ring – symbol of infinity

Ring – symbol of infinity

Ring – symbol of infinity


Probably, the ring is the most popular and mysterious decoration in the world. Both men and women wear rings. Apparently, such popularity the ring earned thanks to the mysterious past. Rings can be found in numerous fairy tales and legends of almost all the peoples of the world. In addition, history knows a lot of rings that have become real artifacts.
The ring can be traced back to great antiquity. Rings as symbols of respect and authority is mentioned in several parts of the Bible.
Rings wore as ornaments in early Egypt, in Greece, and even among less civilized peoples. In antiquity, it was the custom among people of the lower classes to break a piece of gold or silver to seal the marriage pact. This custom came before the exchange of rings.
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Amazing Garnet

Amazing Garnet

Amazing Garnet


Many people think that garnet is red. Despite the fact that the dark red varieties of this group of minerals are more common than others, their color range is much wider and varies from emerald green to reddish-brown and even black.
Garnet is known to man since ancient times and had many names. Theophrastus, for example, called it anthrax – coal, and Pliny the Elder named it carbunculus.
Garnets are hard and very often they are transparent. Their color depends on the elements in the chemical composition. The most valuable type of garnet is red.
Pyrope is the most valuable variety of garnet. Its name comes from the Greek feast, fire. It is also known as Bohemian garnet. The rich dark red color of this gemstone is due to the presence of magnesium in its composition.
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Jade – symbol of China

Jade – symbol of China

Jade – symbol of China


Jade is one of the most beautiful gemstones created by nature. The color of the jade can be emerald-dark, apple-green, grassy-green, greenish, yellowish-white and yellowish-green. In ancient times it was believed that this gemstone could treat kidney disease and many other diseases.
Jade is a very hard gemstone, twice as hard as steel. Therefore, in ancient times, people made various tools and weapons from nephrite.
The art of jade carving appeared in China. A well-known mineralogist A.E. Fersman called jade “the national gemstone of China”. It valued even above gold. The participants of the competitions, who won the first place, were awarded with scepters made of jade, the second prize were scepters made of gold, and those who took the third place received scepters made of ivory.
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Turquoise – gemstone that brings happiness

Turquoise – gemstone that brings happiness

Turquoise – gemstone that brings happiness


Since ancient times, turquoise is considered a gemstone that brings happiness. Turquoise was so popular with different peoples that it had many different names, for example, “the favorite gemstone of the East”, “the gemstone of the Egyptian pharaohs”, “the sacred gemstone of Tibet”, “the heavenly gemstone of the American Indians”.
Persian (Iranian) turquoise has been considered the best in the world for many centuries. In the East, where turquoise has always been considered a lovers’ gemstone (after all, according to legend, it was formed from the bones of people who died of love), the most beautiful gemstones were of pure deep blue or blue colors. Less valuable turquoise had a greenish-golden hue.
According to Muslim beliefs, turquoise is an indicator of female permanence and happiness.
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Amethyst – protection from sorcery and intoxication

Amethyst - protection from sorcery and intoxication

Amethyst – protection from sorcery and intoxication


In the history of mankind, diamonds and emeralds did not always occupy the first place. In ancient Greece, for example, such stones as lapis lazuli, turquoise, jasper, carnelian and amethyst were especially appreciated.
Amethyst (SiO2) is a kind of quartz, which has a purple color, sometimes with a pink or reddish tinge. It is considered the most valuable gemstone in the quartz group. According to ancient legends, the amethyst has supernatural power. It brings good luck, protects against diseases and even sorcery, and also prevents intoxication. It is a gemstone of travelers, protecting from thieves and other road troubles. Amethyst is used to strengthen memory, relieve headaches and, especially, to give up bad habits.
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Pearl – gemstone of Moon

Pearl - gemstone of Moon

Pearl – gemstone of Moon


Pearls have been known to man since ancient times. There are many legends explaining the origin of pearls. The nature of the pearl was unknown for a long time. Legends and various stories about pearls can be divided into two groups: some colorfully explain the origin of pearls, and others narrate about its unusual properties. The ancient Greeks believed they were frozen drops of dew. Pliny claimed that the pearls were daughters of mollusks and the moonlight.
Pearls also appear in myths. The ancient Greeks considered it a gemstone of Aphrodite, “born from the foam of the sea”. For the inhabitants of ancient Rome, it personified Venus and was a symbol of love.
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Gold – elixir of life

Gold - elixir of life

Gold – elixir of life


Gold is the basis of the world financial system, a symbol of wealth, stability and impeccability. It (like silver) is the first of metals known to man. Archeologists have found gold jewelry in ancient burials. At all times, gold was loved and admired, it was used to create masterpieces, poems and fairy tales were written about it.
The rise of popularity of this solar metal happened in the heyday of the ancient southern civilizations – the Maya, the Aztecs, the peoples of Egypt. All of them not only worshiped gold as a deity, creating great works of art, but also possessed powerful magic techniques that protected their creations from conquerors. And healers of the past used gold even before our era.
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