Five Fascinating & Fun Facts about Jewelry
Posted on July 19 2018
Jewels and other decorative items are old as the human race itself.
Here are some of the more fun and intriguing facts about jewelry that you may not have heard before.
1) Throughout history live insect jewelry has been popular. The Egyptians probably were the first to do so, wearing scarab beetles into battle. The Mexican Maquech Beetle and Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach have also been used in jewelry. In Britain the Victorians loved it, often sporting huge, vivid live beetles attached to their clothing by tiny, fine gold chains.
2) What does the term organic gemstone mean? Organic gems are substances like pearls, coral and amber, all made by living organisms rather than created through natural geological processes.
3) The ancient Chinese loved silver much more than gold, using the metal to craft beautiful pieces studded with blue kingfisher feathers and various blue gemstones. Their favorite was jade, which they loved for its alleged human qualities: hardness, durability and beauty!
4) The very famous British crown jewels include the massive Cullinan Diamond, one of the absolute biggest ever gem-quality rough diamond ever found. It was discovered in 1905 and weighed 3,106.75 carats, which translates to 621.35 grams, wow!
5) The word jewellery comes from jewel, from the old French jouel, which comes from the latin jocale, which means ‘plaything’. Americans are the only ones who call it jewelry.