A Timeline of Jewellery

110.000 – 73.000 BC – Decorative sea shell beads found in the archaeological digs in Morocco. They were probably used as amulets. Drilled shells have also been found in Israel, Algeria and South Africa.

38.000 BC – Beads made from bone and animal teeth found in France.

28.000 BC – Fossilized shells and ivory beads found in the East Gravettian culture, located in modern Czech Republic.

4400 BC – Around the time of first domesticated animals and invention of wheel, ancient Thracian civilization produced oldest known objects made from gold.

5000- 30 BC – Use of copper starts a new era in jewellery production, and secrets of alluvial gold gathering arrives in Egypt around 4000 BC. They quickly start producing glazed steatite beads and countless jewellery designs based on scarab beetles, scrolls, winged birds, tigers, jackals and antelopes. Popular gemstones of that time were carnelian, feldspar, amethyst, chalcedony, lapis lazuli and turquoise.

2750 – 1200 BC – Ancient Mesopotamia produced wide range of jewellery based on the design of lives, grapes, cones and spirals. Gemstones that they used were agate, lapis, jasper and carnelian.

1400 – 30BC – Greek jewellery was made in the style of animals and shells and was infused with the amethysts, pearls, chalcedony, cornelian, garnet and emeralds.

500 BC – 400 AD – Ancient Roma preferred seal rings, brooches, amulets and talismans that were infused with the designs of animals and coiling snakes. Most popular gemstones were sapphires, emeralds, pearls, amber, garnets, jet and diamonds.

400 – 1000 AD – In European Dark Ages use of jewellery was not common, except among higher nobility and royalty.

1066 – 1485 – Medieval jewellery finally become widespread by the help of religion. The most famous designs of that time were hair and cloth jewellery that was worn during religious ceremonies. They were adorned with gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, pearls, emeralds, semi-precious stones and diamonds.

1500 -1830 – Arrival of Renaissance and Georgian time period brought rise of jewellery use in entire Europe. Necklaces (single or multi strand), earrings (ordinary or with chandeliers), and many other designs were decorated with the images of animals. Intricately designed gemstones became very popular to the point that diamond jewellery became commonly used as a part of evening attire.

1835 – 1900 – Reign of English Queen Victoria had a profound effect of fashion and jewellery tastes in Europe.

Early 1900s – These years were remembered for the Art Noveau and Edwardian styles.

1920 – 1935 – Roaring Twenties brought the rise of the Art Deco, which introduced jewellery of vibrant colours, filled with geometrical shapes, abstract designs, cubism, modernism and oriental art. It also popularized wearing of wristwatches.

1939 – 1949 – Because of influence of World War II and widespread embargoes on gemstones, popular jewellery shifted to the more metal based designs adorned with patriotic motifs and semi-precious and synthetic gemstones.

1950s – Post war years saw the return of brightly coloured jewellery, heavy use of rhinestones and big beads. Diamonds solidified its spot as the most popular gemstone.

 

 

Gemstones for Moms: A Mother’s Day Gemstone Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day looming up, now is the perfect time to find this year’s gift. Kaleidogems offers a range of gorgeous jewellery including rings, pendants, earrings, and bracelets. Take a look through our Mother’s Day gift ideas below to find your mom the perfect mother’s day gift:

Choose Her Favorite Gemstone

You can’t go wrong with jewellery featuring your mom’s favorite gemstone. Opt for a single feature piece or buy a jewellery set. We offer almost 80 types of gemstones set in a range of jewellery styles from simple to ornate. Our most popular choices include  amethyst rings, and Lapis Lazuli bracelets.

Jewellery with Her Children’s Birthstones

Why not give her a gift that represents her children on mother’s day? A piece of jewellery containing your birthstone is a fantastic way to give your mom something that she can carry with her to show the bond you share. Here’s a list of the birthstones by month along with jewellery to help you get started:

January – Garnet

February – Amethyst

March – Aquamarine

April – Diamond or CZ

May – Emerald

June – Pearl  / Alexandrite

July – Ruby

August – Peridot  / Spinel

September – Sapphire

October – Tourmaline  / Opal

November – Topaz / Citrine

December – Tanzanite / Zircon  / Turquoise

Give Her Your Heart on Mother’s Day!

Fall back on a classic this mother’s day by giving her a piece of jewellery that will be close to her heart. We offer a selection of beautiful necklace pendants to show your everlasting love.

Don’t Break the Bank

Kaleidogems offers a range of fantastic jewellery for every budget.

Must know Expert Tips To Buy Healing Gemstones Online

Buying gemstone jewellery is not an easy choice when you’re spending hundreds of rands. More importantly, losing out on stones you’ve bonded with, is a serious risk to the prosperity in your destiny. To avoid getting ripped off online while buying gemstone jewellery.

Healing gemstone jewellery is not rocket science if you’re new to the metaphysical powers of they hold. To buy healing stones that are perfect for you, it is best to stay away from common amateur mistakes that may force you into losing money.

Choose an authentic healing crystal shop with a wide fan base such as Kaleidogems to ensure your holistic future. We will guide you to take the right decision and buy healing gems online at the best price.

1.      Find a Reputable Gemstone Jewellery Online Seller

The first step to buy healing crystals online is checking the gemstone vendor. You must check the ease of navigation to security certificate to ensure the healing crystal shop is genuine. Reputable healing crystal sellers will also have past records online. Research and study the seller well before you finalize the buy.

2.      Compare and Contrast the Stones

Next step is to find the catalogue of gemstones to buy, available on the website. You must compare individual stones and contrast the carat size as well as price or depth of the gemstone. Choose a gemstone you bond with already than one with a cheap price tag.

Choosing gemstones that match with you, will also help you attain the boons of healing crystal jewellery.

3.      Check the Reviews of the Seller

This is the most important step to buying healing stones online. You must check on Facebook and Verified reviews of customers online of the gemstone shop. Facebook reviews give you a peek into the true working of an shop online.

Google search the shop inside out and find reviews that are genuine. Reviews help to site the proof of how the crystal business works. Don’t get ripped off.

4.      Pick your Gemstone from Variety of Healing Gemstones

From princess cut to popular engagement ring setting, we have an extensive inventory of jewellery designs which are showcased on our Facebook Page.

You can select a stone based on your zodiac signs, color therapy or chakra powers.

We also provide custom jewellery designs, hence feel free to browse our Facebook Page and find a gemstone necklace or earrings that fit your needs the most. Having a wide selection, you will find brilliant ideas to start your healing stone life of prosperity.

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How to Clean Semi-Precious Stones

Pearls, coral, opals, and lapis lazuli are among the gemstones that are considered semi-precious. The term ‘semi-precious’ does not mean that these stones are inferior in quality or value and states that, “…all natural colored stones are rare and precious.” Regular cleaning is part of taking care of semi-precious stones.

Things You’ll Need

  • Soft cloths
  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Soft, non-metallic brush

Opaque Gemstones

Clean opaque stones, such as opals, lapis lazuli, jade, turquoise and malachite, by wiping them with a moist cloth after each wearing. Avoid exposing these stones to soap and water; according to the International Colored Gemstone Association, these gemstones are basically rock-and not crystals from a single mineral-and could absorb the water and soap.

Clean organic gemstones like pearls, coral and amber by wiping them with a soft cloth after each wearing to remove dust and body oils from the gemstones. Protect them from exposure to hairspray, perfume or cosmetics, as the chemicals in these products can damage organic gemstones over time.

Protect opaque semi-precious gemstones by storing them in individual sections of a jewelry box, or in fabric pouches or wrapping them in pieces of soft fabric. This will prevent them from being scratched.

Transparent Gemstones

Clean transparent semi-precious gemstones. Fill a container-not the sink to avoid accidentally losing the jewelry down the drain-and put a tiny amount of mild liquid soap in the water. Place the gemstones in the soapy water and allow them to soak.

Use a soft, non-metallic brush to brush the gemstone. Be careful not to brush vigorously as it could loosen settings.

Rinse the jewelry thoroughly under running water and lay it on a soft cloth to dry.

Separate gemstones from touching each other to prevent scratching. This can be done by placing them in separate sections within the jewelry box, using fabric pouches, or wrapping them in separate pieces of soft cloth.

Tips

  • Kaleidogems recommends periodically taking semi-precious gemstones to the jeweller for inspection and thorough cleaning.