No matter where these pieces of jewellery originated from
Indian bangles have been around for hundreds of years, but they are more fun and versatile than ever right now. Jewellery was made from the hills and sands of Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Persia an in particular from the Kurdistan hills. Square disc-shaped etched carnelian beads indicated that there was trade between the West. They originated from Roman, Kurdish, Byzantine and Ottoman times.
No matter where these pieces of jewellery originated from they were and still are a sign of elusive beauty and elegance. Carnelian beads were once considered the property of the noble class. Another origin of beads and bangles is the Middle East.
All gemstones have some characteristics
Many gemstones are used in even the most expensive jewellery depending on the brand name of the designer, fashion trends, market supply, treatments etc. Others are too common and are given a semi-precious status. Most gemstones have good hardness and a high index of refraction.
All gemstones have some characteristics falling short of perfection though; even the seemingly perfect Diamond has four directions of cleavage. Since quartz is everywhere especially in common dirt and dust. Any material that is softer may be scratched during ordinary wear. Nevertheless, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds still have a reputation that exceeds those of other gemstones.
How Durable is My Gemstone Jewellery?
First of all a note about the hardness and therefore relative durability of gemstones. To measure hardness, the jewellery industry uses the Mohs scale. This gem-trade standard, conceived by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, measures the ability of a gem or mineral to resist abrasion damage.
Diamond at 10 is the hardest whereas talc at 1 is the softest. Popular gemstones like amethyst and citrine register 7 whereas rubies and sapphires register 9. Most of us come off the beach on the first day with the 3 sís all achieved - rings caked in sand, sea-salt and suntan lotion. Nude sunbathing, as far as silver and gold jewellery is concerned, is a must! Remember also that sand will scratch the surface of precious metals.