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The Oldest Book of Gems

The Oldest book of Gemstones

Causes of my assumptionsThe books dated XVII-XXIEnglish, German, French Books about Gemstones: British Colonization, Discovery of America, TravelersLatin Books about Gemstones: The Dark Ages and the Brave Travelers | Greek Books about GemstonesOriental Books about GemstonesHebrew Books about GemstonesRussian Books about GemstonesMiddle East and Asia Minor Books about Gemstones | Conslusion

Studying many books in regards to gemstones, I paid the attention to one curious fact. Practically all the authors borrowed the information about the gemstones from each other.

Curious, isn’t it? Thus, I don’t claim, that all of them are the plagiarist, I claim, in turn, that there is (or, more accurately “existed”) some ancient source, that contains the first mentions about gemstones.

Furthermore, we ought to admit, that there are plenty of the legends, myths and superstitions in regards to gems, that could not occur by chance. (more…)

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Magnificence of the Oregon Opal or unforgettable gift of the nature

Oregon Opal

Opal Butte | Oregon Opal – What is it? | Stability of Oregon Opal | Conclusion

Take a look at this stone. What do you see inside it? Probably you are observing a seabed, or maybe it is just someone’s aquarium? Actually, this is nothing but an Opal – a commonly known gemstone, more accurately so-called Oregon Opal, obtained from Opal Butte, located in Oregon. But how the Opal could contain a “piece of the ocean” inside it? It looks like the nature itself has taken an effort to create this unusual gem at the beginning of time.


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“French Blue” Diamond or the “Tavernier Blue”

The Mine | The Destiny of Tavernier | Subsequent Destiny of the”French Blue” | Conclusion

French Blue Diamond or so-called “Tavernier Blue” it is a diamond of 793 carats in weight, which possesses a violet or sapphire-blue color, which has been found in ancient Indian mine, located in the affluent of the Coleroon, north of the Palakkad Gap, in Tamil Nadu, which has been purchased by Jean Baptiste Tavernier.


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Enigma of Koh-I-Noor Diamond

Koh-I-Noor Diamond Illustration

The Legend | Medieval History | The Voyage of Tavernier | My Assumptions | Later History | Conclusion

The history knows many famous gems, however, there ought to exist some certain “gem of the gems,” known to the humanity, and fortunately, it exists. It is known under the name “Koh-I-Noor,” it is a gemstone of Oriental origin and it is estimated as the world’s famous, largest, and most expensive diamond, known to the humanity. This precious stone possesses a great history and it has been surrounded by the diversity of the legends and rumors, for the centuries.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce, the Koh-I-Noor Diamond, known also as “The Diamond of the Great Mogul” or a “Mountain of Light.”

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Causes of superstitions in regards to Gems

Natural History of Pliny
IntroductionThe influence of GEMSOrigin of the Sources: Arabian trailChristian trailMedieval Opinion & Origin of the custom | The attempts to prove | Conclusion


Man is apt to endow many subjects with supernatural power. This custom was known during the centuries, particularly in regard to prehistoric men. Thus, gemstones have been always a subject of great attention. But what were the main causes, able to intrigue a man in such degree in regards to precious and semi precious stones? Let’s figure it out!


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Gems Manual Launch

Launch of the Project

I am pleased to report about “GEMs Manual” Project Launch!

This project should help each consumer to acquire advanced knowledge concerning gems and stay abreast of gem’s world.


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