The world's most famous diamonds, jewelry and gemstones

Everybody knows them, and everybody talks about them. The biggest treasures are very well protected, and will always be an object of desire for millions of jewelry lovers around the world. But, where are they hidden?

The most valuable and wonderful treasures of the world are crafted with Nature's most precious materials: rare stones and minerals, gemstones and precious metals like gold, silver and platinum.

As a result, for centuries, thousands of archaeologists have been hunting the artworks of the ancient world, and the designs of historic craftsmen and goldsmiths.

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Florence Welch, the new brand ambassador for Gucci watches and jewelry

Florence Welch, the lead singer of Florence + and the Machine, is the new ambassador for Gucci Watches and Jewelry.

The British songwriter and fashion icon will promote the brand's jewelry and timepieces. The announcement was made by Alexa Chung, during an interview with Welch at Redbird, a modern American cuisine restaurant located in Los Angeles.

Alessandro Michele, Gucci's creative director since January 2015, was the man responsible for getting Florence Welch into the Italian luxury company.

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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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