There are certain gemstones that are so beautiful and so rare that they achieve worldwide notoriety. However, for one of these gemstones to achieve infamy, there is one requirement: it has to have been stolen. Believe it or not, jewelry theft is actually quite common. There are some jewelry heists that people in and out of the jewelry world will be talking about for years to come. The De Long Star Ruby currently resides in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. It has a magnificent red hue with a luminous asterism, a six-rayed star, and weighs a whopping 100.32 carats. Its story is one of rich history, drama and intrigue.
Jewelry is a common thread among societies that serve as a way to celebrate the history and cultural trends at any given time. What is seen as a symbol of beauty and heritage to some may seem odd or repulsive to others. In western societies, some sub-cultures pierce parts of their bodies other than, what is most common, their ears. Nose, upper ear and lip piercings are becoming increasingly popular in western culture. Travel to the other side of the world and go deep into the jungles of the African continent and Brazil and you will find a few tribes that wear lip plates as symbols of beauty and fertility for women, and, for young boys, his venture into manhood.
Amethysts are the official birthstones for the month of February as named by the American Association of Jewelers in 1912 as well the birthstone for the Pisces Zodiac sign. It is traditionally given as a gift on the fourth, sixth and seventeenth wedding anniversaries. Amethysts are the most valuable members of the quartz family. These whimsical gemstones also happen to be the most popular selling gemstone in the marketplace.
Every year, on February 14th, millions of people send special cards, jewelries, flowers and candy to people they care about. It’s an ancient holiday that has become synonymous with love. Actually, the entire month of February has long been associated with romance. Valentine’s Day is almost here, you are probably thinking about how you and your loved ones are going to be celebrating that special day. Have you ever thought about why you celebrate your loved ones on February 14th? The history of St. Valentine’s Day is a mystery and there are several legends surrounding it. People know even less about the holiday’s patron saint. Who was Saint Valentine? How did he become associated with this ancient tradition?
Starting Febuarary 2, 2009 4PM PST, if you use Google Checkout, you can get $5 off your purchase of $50 or more! This valentine promotion is directly from Google, so we are passing the savings to our customers.
To obtain the discount, simply add items to our shopping bag to $50 or more and click on the Google Checkout button on the shopping bag page. The discount will automatically apply to the Google Checkout shopping bag. Limit 1 per person. No resale. Offer available until Saturday 4:00 PM Pacific, February 14, 2009.