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Opal Symbolism

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Opal Symbolism

Opal Symbolism by Fara Braid, International Gem Society SUMMARY For centuries, opal symbolism and lore included associations with royalty and good luck. However, in modern times, this gemstone has become the object of many negative — and unfounded — superstitions. Why Do Opals Have a Bad Rap? In The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, the mineralogist George Kunz identified what he believed changed the popular perception of opal. In a chapter of Sir Walter Scott’s 1829 gothic novel, Anne of Geierstein, we learn the unusual story of the enchanted and mysterious Lady Hermione. The grandmother of the titular character, she appeared to possess magical powers. At times, she seemed more an indefatigable...

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CARING FOR YOUR METAL JEWELRY

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CARING FOR YOUR METAL JEWELRY

You don’t have to avoid wearing silver and copper jewelry just because you have had a bad experience with discoloration (tarnishing) or skin reaction? Here are a few simple steps which will allow you to enjoy wearing metal jewelry without any problems.

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Glossary of terms for Jewelry, Jewelry-making, Metals and Gemstones

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Glossary of terms for Jewelry, Jewelry-making, Metals and Gemstones

Ever wonder exactly what is meant by certain terminology used by jewellers such as "fabrication" or "casting"? What are the 4Cs of gemstone evaluation? What does "faceted" mean? What is a cabochon? What is the difference between Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Silver-filled, Silver-plated and German Silver? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article.

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