Big shout out and #fridayfollow to three of my favourite ethical gemstone suppliers @nineteen48_ltd @fair_trade_gemstones and @capricorngems. Not only do they sell responsibly sourced rocks but this week they held the first ever ethical gem fair in Hatton Garden and smashed it!! 🙌🏻 Don’t forget to #ff so you can hear when they’re doing the next one ⚡️💎💚🌈 #responsiblesourcing#knowyoursource
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While everyone gushes over the Oscars red carpet gowns, I hone in on the stars incredible jewellery. This guest and US TV host wearing Rubies from Mozambique is my favourite #oscars#oceangrove#gemmologist
Smiling over gems is where you’ll find me most days! I have a pretty strict clean-desk policy; left over from my @giagrams training, it’s a must when dealing with loose stones rolling around - it’s the only way to keep tabs on everything! It’s where I dream up designs and open up the juiciest packets of twinkling little gems - for me everything starts with the sparkles and I still get so inspired by their natural brilliance. I surround myself with the things I love; great prints on the wall as well as memories - the kitsch little delft tile was given to me by my childhood bestie and reminds me of growing up in Holland with her; the picture of the deer was taken by me in the Phoenix Park a few birthdays ago and brings a bit of the outdoors inside! Speaking of such, I’ll always have stems of flowers and leaves - and nice candles are essential to stay zen - Irish brand @nicole_clean.slate produce amazing scents that aren’t too overpowering. I moved to Wicklow Street just over a year ago and love being in the heart of it all - my view makes the daily climb worthwhile ✨
It’s blue, natural and and on most occasions Pyrite is found in this stone.
This stone is creating an uncontrolled geek out!!
For centuries this stone has been found in only a few places that often were war-torn countries. Unfortunately this can cause a bad reputation for many stones.
GemGeeks, because I bring you the truth, you should know that just because a stone comes from a war torn country does not mean it was involved in bad trade practice. or ethic issues.
Now the fun stuff. Afghanistan has been one of the most important and influential sources for Imperial Lapis Lazuli. It has been used and documented for the last 6,500 years. Ancient civilizations from Mesopotamia to Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome have all shown the use of Lapis. The finest Lapis in the world is found in Badakshan, a province of Afghanistan. At 17,000 feet above see level the dry mountains and no vegetation are hiding something spectacular. In the hills are the most beautiful and fine gem quality Lapis. Many of the Lapis mines that were producing back in 700BC are still producing today and are known to be the oldest commercial gemstone source for gem quality Lapis in the world. If you are looking for beautiful stones ask your vendor if it’s old mine or new! Old mine is most likely from Afghanistan and new mine is from Africa. .
Lapis, because of its deep and consistent color as well as its softness, has been used in many, ways from dyes in fashion, to pigments for makeup, to tools, bowls, weapons and paints used by some of the most famous painters in the world. Yet the most famous is it’s use in jewelry, from inlays, to carved beads to beautiful cut stones. One of the most famous uses of the gem is in the eyebrows of King Tutankhamun (1341-1323 BC), as Egypt received this gem through trade with Afghanistan.
At the end of the Middle Ages, Lapis began being exported to Europe. Some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods used this expensive pigment color, reserving it for fashion, royalty and religious figures depicted in art. I don’t know about you but now I’m on a hunt for pigments made up of Lapis.