In this section, from time to time, we will post some interesting and fun snippets related to the jewellery.
In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the
Stardust robotic space probe. Far Out!
In 1554 Francisco Spinoza’s expedition discovers “Brazilian emerald”: the first recorded green tourmaline crystal.
This December birthstone has been cherished for millennia. The Pharaohs and other rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with it. Chinese artisans carved it more than 3,000 years ago. This turquoise birthstone also played an important role in the lives of Native Americans. The Apache thought turquoise could be found by following a rainbow to its end. They also believed that attaching the December birthstone to a bow or firearm made one’s aim more accurate. The Pueblo maintained that turquoise got its color from the sky, while the Hopi thought the gem was produced by lizards scurrying over the earth.
Richard Burton, often on a whim, showered Elizabeth Taylor with fabulous jewellery. Amongst his many gifts was a collection of Bulgari Emerald and Diamond pieces as seen above.
In December of 2011 they were auctioned by Christie's in New York for a record breaking $23.25m!