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The grandeur of ancient Egypt is evident in their jewellery. Egypt had the resources. There was gold, emeralds, turquoise, cornelian and faience. They also had the craftsmen who could produce exquisite work during this time...

The oldest emerald mines are located in the Wadi Valley of Sikait which is about halfway between Luxor on the Nile River and Roman-era port city of Berenike on the Red Sea. It’s a barren, no man's land of dry, rocky mountains. Hidden deep in the mounds lies treasures of gold, silver, amethyst and, you guessed it, emeralds. ...

Natural pearls are created without human interference. They form when naturally shedding epithelial cells land in an oyster’s soft tissue. The oyster creates a protective sac that secretes nacre which in turn forms a pearl. Natural pearls are found by chance and therefore are very rare, and I mean very, very rare....

The colour green is revered in Ireland. When I think of Ireland, I can’t think of any other colour but green. The Emerald Isle with its green rolling green hills, misty, verdant mountains, leprechauns,  four-leaf clovers, shamrocks and the national flag which is partially green. (Actually, it started out as royal blue, but that's another story). ...

One of the lesser-known tiaras is Queen Alexandra’s Amethyst “Mystery” Tiara.  It was gifted to her by her brother-in-law Tsar Alexander III. When the Queen died intestate, her jewels were divided among her children. The amethyst tiara went to her eldest daughter...

For those of you who are celebrating birthdays this month, look no further than to the garnet, and not just towards the red colour of pyrope, almandine or rhodolite garnets...