The symbolic meaning of jewels in different cultures and civilizations

Egyptians wore jewelry in life and death. Indians believe in pure, sacred metals. More than a symbol of power, jewelry is a central key to the culture of civilizations.

From ancient civilizations to the modern world, there's an eternal place for jewelry in the culture and traditions of global societies. The first perforated beads were made from snail shells, 75,000 years ago, at Blombos Cave, South Africa, and the cult persisted through time.

The Ancient Egyptian culture showed signs of avid interest for the art of crafting precious stones and rich metals. Green gems symbolized fertility.

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Why you should hire a jewelry appraiser

How do you set the fair price of a valuable diamond ring, necklace or gemstone? Jewelry appraisers follow strict ethic codes and clear evaluation procedures.

Jewelry evaluation has always been a critical issue. Jewelry sellers and jewelry buyers need to know the value of what they own and what they will own.

Jewelry appraisals are the best way to get impartial value analysis for the finest jewelry pieces and gemstones. However, we should have in mind that evaluating diamonds and gemstones are two completely different universes.

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The best jewelry and gemstone apps

They're extremely useful, and easy-to-use. Whether you're on a smartphone or using a tablet computer, there are dozens of jewelry applications for your mobile devices. We picked the best jewelry and gemstone apps for iOS and Android systems.

How many carats in a gram? What are the 4Cs of diamonds? How do you start making your own jewelry pieces? Where can you find a special jewel? Today, the answers are in the palm of our hand. Literally.

The list of the world's best jewelry apps a wide range of sources including brands, organizations and independent publishers. You'll find the nearest jewelry shop, the perfect ring for your wedding, and antique watches.

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The birthstones for the 12 months of the year

Every month has its gemstone. Birthstones are symbolic, spiritual and healing gems that will bring prosperity, health, protection and luck to all of us. What's yours?

Twelve birthstones for the twelve months of the year. Every one of us has a unique gemstone. Our birth month is associated with a gemstone, or more.

The story of birthstones dates back to the sacred breastplate worn by Aaron - brother of Moses - the first High Priest of the Israelites. The breastplate had 12 jewels distributed by four rows.

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The official list of US State gemstones, minerals, rocks and stones

The United States of America has a wide variety of ore and mineral deposits, and nearly all 50 States have named a stone, a gem or rock that is regionally common and abundant.

There are more than 5,000 minerals on planet Earth, according to the International Mineralogical Association (IMA). Not all can be precious; not all are considered to be rare.

The USA is not known for its large gemstone mining industry. Actually, there are less than 1500 workers searching for precious minerals nationwide. Roughly 99.9 percent of all gems bought in the US come from foreign markets.

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