Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 11:44 am by Chelsea
DID YOU KNOW??
Jewels and other decorative items are as old as the human race itself.
Diamonds were first discovered in India, over 2400 years ago. The biggest modern supplier of diamonds is South America.
Tradition of giving a fiancee' an egagement ring was introduced by Maximillian of Austria in 1477. He gave his soon-to-be wife, Mary of Burgundy, a masterfully crafted ring as a promise of marriage.
75% of American brides receive engagement rings made from gold and diamonds.
Egypt and Mesopotamia were the first two ancient civilizations that started organized production of jewelry. Their accomplishments in advancement of mettallurgy and gem collecting played important roles for development of jewelry in every civillizaton that came after them.
Only one in a million of mined diamonds ends up in jewelry.
The first synthetic diamonds appeared in the 1950's
The largest diamond that was ever found is the CULLINAN. It weighs a staggering 1.3 pounds.
Throughout history, jewelry went through many changes brought by rise and fall of many civillizations. And fashion changes.
Some of the most notable fashion styles that affected jewelry production are Victorian, Romanticism, Renaissance , Art Deco, Art Nouveau.
First Jewels were made from any readily available material near settlements of our ancestors.
Arrival of metal age enabled creation of first artistic jewelry.