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Silver – noble metal

Silver – noble metal

Silver – noble metal


The name argentum is derived from the Sanskrit word “argent”, which means “light”. Interestingly, in ancient Russia, the measure of the value of various items was bars of silver.
From silver they get the finest silver plates suitable for various kinds of artistic, medical and other purposes.
The main deposits of this precious metal are in Mexico, the United States (Colorado, Michigan), Peru, Canada, Australia (New South Wales), Bolivia and Russia.
Silver brings clarity of thought and calms the spirit. The white color of silver neutralizes any kind of negative energy.
From time immemorial this metal was associated with the Moon and water. Silver is well suited to those who suffer from depressive states and obsessive ideas. This metal helps to open up new thoughts and ideas, to accept the surrounding reality and adapt to it.
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Beauty of opals

Beauty of opals

Beauty of opals


The name of this stone comes from the Latin upalus, which, in turn, is derived from the Sanskrit word upala – “precious stone”. This indicates that opal first came to Europe from India. In ancient Rome the word pronounced opalus, which means a stone consisting of parts, most accurately guessing the nature of opal. Opals are really very beautiful gemstones. Pliny described them as frozen drops of rain.
Opal is an amorphous variety of quartz, formed by homogeneous microscopic silica grains, which can be seen only with the help of an electron microscope. The final color of the stone is determined by the distribution of these grains and the amount of water between them (the content of the water varies from 3 to 21%). You know, opal is able to absorb the liquid of any consistency and color, so its tone varies depending on the color of the liquid. The main opal deposits are in Australia and in Mexico. Beautiful samples of milk opal are found in China.
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Aquamarine – amazing gemstone

Aquamarine – amazing gemstone

Aquamarine – amazing gemstone


Aquamarine is a crystalline variety of beryl. The name of the stone in Latin means “sea water” because its sky-blue or bluish-green color. Aquamarine can be either completely transparent or contain numerous inclusions. Qualitative jewelry stones are found, first of all, in Brazil and the Urals. In addition, aquamarine is in El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Australia, the USA and Madagascar. This gemstone is used to make earrings, rings, pendants and other jewelry.
Aquamarine brings harmony and reconciliation, contributes to the resolution of conflict situations, promotes communication and empathy. It inspires confidence, calmness and determination, which will help to find a way out of the “hopeless” situations.
To tell the truth, this gemstone has not only calming, but also protective effect. It is believed that aquamarine can tame the raging sea. Not surprisingly, it has been a talisman of sailors and travelers for centuries. Sailors in ancient Rome and Greece believed that the gemstone is the gift of Poseidon.
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Alexandrite – amazing Chrysoberyl

Alexandrite – amazing Chrysoberyl

Alexandrite – amazing Chrysoberyl


Alexandrite is one of the most highly valued gems. Its transparent crystals have an amazing property to change their color. In the daylight they look like emeralds, and in the evening, with candles or an electric lamp, they become crimson-red. Alexandrite is a very rare species of not too common mineral chrysoberyl. Its chemical formula is BeAl₂O₄. Like many other minerals, chrysoberyl has a variety of colors and the most common color is yellowish green. This color is provided by impurities of iron. A changeable gemstone alexandrite is a chrysoberyl with chromium in its composition. Truly, chromium is an element of magic. It gives a bright green color to beryllium and turns it into an emerald. The presence of chromium in corundum makes it a red ruby.
For a very long time alexandrite was hidden in the depths of the earth. Neither in ancient, nor in medieval mineralogical treatises gemstone with such properties was mentioned. A new mineral was discovered on April 17, 1834 by Finnish scientist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld.
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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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