In Roman times and now also bracelets are so popular
In Roman times and now also bracelets are so popular. Roman bracelets shared many of the design patterns. In the designing of their jewelry The Roman's were very creative. However they still borrowed from Greek motifs. This includes necklaces and earrings from that era.
Bracelets made of twisted coil with lion head ends were common place. As it were the two part bracelets ending with a pair of lion heads. The ever-popular ball earrings from that era were nicely matched with a ball style bracelet. The Heracles knot bracelet is recognized as a Roman era piece. Palmettos, fleeing dogs and acanthus leaves, all of Greek origin, were often seen in the designing of Roman jewelry. During roman times Engraved bangles and snake bracelets were very popular. The idea took favor and the fashion spread far and wide.
Gemstones are so durable
A few are mineraloids not true minerals and are including here: opal, amber, and moldavite. Foremost is durability - it must not easily corrode away, nor can it be brittle. It is so durable that nearly all of the gold ever mined is still in circulation or storage. In some cases, the names are true misnomers, such as Green Amethyst for prasiolite-a transparent green variety of quartz.
In most cases, these variety names are historical, as the gemstones were not recognized as being varieties of other minerals until well after the name was in common use such as aquamarine, emerald, and heliodor as varieties of beryl. And that is related to the third characteristic, ductility. You can see the options are endless and when you are commissioning a piece, why compromise a thing when you can choose!
Taking care of gemstones
Steam cleaning is quite effective but can result in thermal shock because of the often-quick temperature change. It can result in cracking because parts of the stone are forced to expand at different times. Most gemstones can be immersed in a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
Likewise with pearls; although soaking can result in discoloration, so this should always be avoided. After soaking for a few minutes, gently clean the stone with a soft brush. Pearls should be dried after cleaning, using a soft towel, and air-blown dry. Extra care should be taken to remove dirt from the bottom of the setting, a common place for build-up to occur.