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Good Luck Charms

May 12, 2016By 0 Comments
Good Luck Charms

May 12, 2016 Wishing for good luck probably started with the arrival of our species. For millennia, we’ve been wooing the kinder fates to grant us our most cherished wishes. Our quest for ensuring a happy tomorrow has included wearing good luck charms. Gems have long been enlisted as good luck charms because they have […]

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Kashmir Sapphire Ring Auctioned For $7.3 Million

May 31, 2015By 0 Comments
Kashmir Sapphire Ring Auctioned For $7.3 Million

A prize 35-carat sapphire from Kashmir fetched $7.3 million Wednesday, May 13, 2015, according to the auction house Christie’s. The sale, to a private anonymous Asian buyer, set a world record per carat for a Kashmir sapphire at $209,689 per carat, Christie’s said in a statement. Kashmir sapphires are sought after for their rich cornflower […]

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Emerald – The Supreme Green Gem

May 18, 2014By 0 Comments
Emerald – The Supreme Green Gem

The timeless appeal of emerald can be summed up in three words written in the year 50 AD: “Nothing greens greener.” Roman historian Pliny the Elder was explaining the desire for the supreme green gem not only in Rome but throughout the ancient world. Cleopatra, Egypt’s tempestuous female monarch, was as famous for wearing emeralds […]

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2 The Emerald Mines of Panjshir Valley

June 22, 2011By 0 Comments
2 The Emerald Mines of Panjshir Valley

Emerald mines in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan could bring $US1bn in bounty every year. Four thousand meters up in the Hindu Kush mountains, there is a deafening blast as the ground begins to shake. “Green is the color of Islam, so we believe that emeralds are a gift from Allah,” said Saifuddin Safayee, a grizzled 32-year-old […]

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1 Emerald from Afghanistan

June 20, 2011By 0 Comments
1 Emerald from Afghanistan

In the gemstone world, Afghanistan is most famous as the source of the world’s finest lapis lazuli. Lapis come from the Badakhshan province of northern Afghanistan, where it has been mined continuously for over 6,000 years. But Afghanistan has important reserves of other gem varieties as well, though only a few have reached the international […]

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An Impressive Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

May 29, 2011By 0 Comments
An Impressive Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

An impressive Sapphire and Diamond Brooch was sold for $7.1 million on May 18, 2011 at the Geneva Magnificent Jewels at the Christie’s auction. Set with a cushion-cut sapphire, weighing 130.50 carats, to the openwork rose-cut diamond surround and collet-set old-cut diamond frame, mounted in silver and gold, 6.0 cm. Accompanied by report no. 58361 dated […]

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