Facts about jewelry
The Oldest Jewelry
The oldest pieces of jewelry that have been found are simply a couple of beads made out of shell. These organic beads probably served decorative and symbolic purposes.
The First Diamond
The very first diamond found was in India back in the 4th century. They quickly became highly valued because of their amazing durability and sparkle. Until the 18th century, people thought that India was the only source of diamonds but then in 1866, a diamond over 21 carats was found in South Africa, which grew to become one of the leading diamond suppliers.
Opals and Literature
Until about the 18th century, opals were highly valued and one of the most popular gemstones in Europe. But then, Sir Walter Scott wrote a novel called Anne of Geierstein, where the fire of an opal, owned by the protagonist, was quenched when touched by holy water. The lady died soon after. The publication of this book led to huge decrease in the popularity of opals as being an unlucky stone. Even today, opals are associated with bad luck and misfortune.
The First Engagement Ring
Romantic Maximilian of Austria gave his beloved Mary of Burgundy a ring as a promise of the impending nuptials back in 1477.
The Largest Diamond
The largest diamond ever found is known as the Star of David or Cullinan I. It weighs a massive 530 carats and is the largest colorless cut diamond in the world. The Cullinan was presented to King Edward VII and now are part of the Crown Jewels of the UK.
The Rebirth of Vintage
The beautiful designs from the Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods are in huge demand today and highly popular especially for engagement rings. This goes to show that a well-designed piece of jewelry is a classic and will never really go out of style.