Turquoise stone

Published February 11, 2017

Turquoise stone

It has long been to Europe from Asia brought the stones. Its color reminiscent of blue sky above the bustling bazaars. It is turquoise stone - stone of heaven. The Aztecs called turquoise stone kalchihyuitl and considered it petrified tears of the sky goddess. However, there are also greenish turquoise stone...

The nephritis

Published February 11, 2017

The nephritis

The name "nephritis" is derived from the greek word "kidney". It may be translucent, translucent or opaque. Color is white, cream, can be a variety of shades of green, yellow, yellow-green, gray-brown, blue, black. Nephritis has light colors (white, cream)...

The sapphire

Published February 11, 2017

The sapphire

In the old days in Israel lived a wise king Solomon. He had one very special ring among its rings. It is decorated with a large transparent gemstone blue sapphire. Sapphire is a variety of corundum, so it is very durable. Stone is characterized by high hardness (Mohs 9), and a high gloss...

The carnelian

Published February 11, 2017

The carnelian

In Crimea there are carnelian bay. After the storms, rummaging in a large pebble, you can find the small translucent stones surprisingly warm colors. It is carnelian. In Egypt, this stone was compared with the "frozen in stone sunset"...

The topaz

Published February 11, 2017

The topaz

The topaz is a semiprecious stone, a mineral with a hardness of 8 and a density of 3,49-3,60 g/cm3. In the Middle Ages it was believed that if food and drink contained poison, topaz certainly change its color. Not surprisingly, these stones are often decorated with expensive cups. Of course, it's all fiction...

The platinum

Published February 11, 2017

The platinum

In the middle of the 17th century in Colombia Spanish, washing gold, found with it a dark heavy silvery metal - the platinum. The platinum seemed as heavy as gold, and it can not be separated from the gold washing. The name was given by the Spanish conquistadors in the mid-16th century...

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