The centuries old
- Through history live insect jewellery has been popular. The Egyptians may have been the first to do so, wearing scarab beetles into battle. But the Mexican Maquech Beetle and Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach have also been used in jewellery. In Britain the Victorians loved it, often sporting huge, vivid live beetles attached to their clothing by tiny, fine gold chains.
- The Maquech Beetle is a large, docile, wingless insect which is decorated with gold and semi-precious gemstones and is attached to a decorative safety pin by a chain leash.
- Amber can be as old as 120 million years.
What’s your birthstone?
- Wedding rings for men are a 20th century thing, a practice launched by the jewellery industry to increase sales and double their market reach
- The Heart of the Ocean, from James Cameron's "Titanic" was not completely fictitious – it is believed that a rather large sapphire went down with Titanic on that fateful night.
- Opals can actually be up to 30% water
Did you know that the idea of a birthstone is believed to date back to the time of Moses? Scholars believe that the breast plate of the High Priest had 12 colored gem stones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel and each tribe had its own color. Over time, people would wear one gemstone a month and then finally only one gemstone all year long – the birth month gemstone!