Sapphires in the Middle Ages

Throughout history, many powers have been attributed to sapphire. During the middle ages, sapphire was believed to shield the wearer from harm and disease and was used as an antidote against poison. It was the stone of choice for the ecclesiastic ” like the pure sky, and mighty Nature has endowed it with so great […]

Once Owned by Catherine the Great, ‘The Sleeping Lion’ Pearl Hits Auction Block and Falls Short

Once owned by Catherine the Great, the world’s largest known freshwater blister pearl was expected to fetch more than $600,000 when it hits the auction block in The Netherlands. However the pearl, did not reach it’s estimate and sols for $374,000. Dubbed “The Sleeping Lion” due to its unusual shape, the extraordinary quarter-pound natural pearl […]

A Little Pearl History Lesson

Pearls have been used as adornment for centuries; at least as far back as ancient Greece, where they believed pearls were tears of the gods. The oldest known pearl jewelry was discovered in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess who died in 520 B.C. Ancient Japanese folktales told that pearls were created from the tears […]

Facts About Pearls

Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that get lodged in their shells—usually not a grain of sand, as commonly believed. While any shelled mollusk can technically make a pearl, only two groups of bivalve mollusks (or clams) use mother-of-pearl to […]