The Enthusiast

All of our gems come from below Mother Earth’s surface but one. As a gift of our seas and rivers, pearls are the outlier.       Two earlier blogs, Pearls: An Ancient Treasure and Pearls: A Modern Passion, explored the history and...
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People have adored pearls for centuries (see The Enthusiast). The Gemological Institute of American’s (GIA) explains the allure as: “Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.” This blog opens...
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Throughout history pearls denoted authority and political power. Chinese historians first wrote about pearls about 2206 BC. Around 500 BC Chinese royalty embellished themselves with both whole gems and crushed pearl powder (for makeup).  Pearls festooned wardrobes, such as clothing...
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Let’s start with a little quiz to clarify your considerations when you consider buying jewelry. There are no right or wrong answers. Do you consider buying a piece of jewelry when it: tickles your emotions? Does your heart pound? Does...
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