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Amazing Facts Of Jewelry

The wordjewelrycomes fromjewel, from the old Frenchjouel, which in turn comes from the Latinjocale, which means 'plaything'. The Americans call it jewelry, everyone else calls it jewelry.

Egypt and Mesopotamia were the first two ancient civilizations that started organized production of jewelry. Their accomplishments in advancement of metallurgy and gem collecting played important role for development of jewelry in every civilization that came after them.

Diamonds were first discovered in India, over 2400 years ago. They are one of the hardest substances in nature, synthetic nonmaterial's have been created that are much harder. Although diamonds are hard, they are not strong. If you hit one with a hammer it will shatter. The U.S. is the worlds largest consumer of diamonds.

Some of the most notable fashion styles that affected jewelry production are Victorian, Romanticism, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Renaissance, and many more.

South sea pearl jewelry are only formed in 1 out of every 10,000 oysters. Most pearls made today are cultured, or man-made. This process is done by inserting a small shell into oyster, which then painstakingly covers it with pearl material over a minimum of three years.

One of the largest sapphires is known as the Star of Asia, which is currently housed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

24 carat gold is 99.9% pure, and most US and European jewellers think it's too soft for jewelry. But 24 carat gold is the norm acrossAsia, the Middle East and Africa.

Turquoise is only found in only a few places, the biggest region being the south western USA. Turquoise is associated with traditional Native American jewelry as well as modern jewelry.

Copper jewelry started appearing about 7000 years ago. The Museum of Ancient History in Lower Austria found a female jeweler's grave, dispelling the long-held assumptionthat in ancient times, jewelers were always male.

The Indians have been making fine jewelry for more than 5000 years, an obsession kicked off by the Indus Valley Civilization.

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