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The beauty and mysticism of Jade has had an alluring appeal for many people around the world since prehistoric times. The word Jade is applied to forms of Jadeite and Nephrite, minerals that appear the same and often cannot be distinguished from each other. this jemstone, however, contains more colour and translucency, and is considered as the true Jade, is more valuable, certainly with regard to its pricing.

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Emeralds and diamonds are one of the most beautiful jewellery combinations. The brilliance of the diamond complements the magnificent green of an emerald when set in necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. This is the time of the year for parties and other festivities and when you are looking for perfect gifts for those you love.  Emeralds and diamonds given are always appreciated and treasured by the receiver.

The early civilizations were enchanted with the green hue of the emerald and held it as a symbol of fertility, peace, and growth. Often worn by royalty and celebrities from as early as the first century BC when the Egyptian king Ptolemy had a portrait made with emerald of the Roman general Lucullus and presented it to him. Cleopatra claimed emeralds were her favourite gem, and Emperor Nero liked to watch the gladiator fights through an emerald lens. Many emeralds and diamonds were also included in the Russian Crown Jewels.

Emerald Cut Stones

Many emeralds are cut in a fashion known as “emerald cut” a style that is also popular for cutting many other precious gems as well. Originally, this was a cut developed for optimizing the striking green colour of emeralds that ranges from pale to dark, the most valuable being a dark velvety green. A flawless emerald is a rarity and most include inclusions called the Jardin (garden) of the emerald. Unlike a diamond or sapphire, emeralds are not affected by changes of light.

History tells us that Aristotle was a great fan of emeralds and he believed that an emerald worn around the neck or as a ring increased importance for the owner and improved speech and eyesight.It was seen during the Middle Ages as a symbol of fidelity and for keeping a woman chaste. The same was not believed for a man!

For Christmas and forever

As green is one of the colours associated with Christmas, giving a present of emerald jewellery is a most symbolic gift.  When looking for emerald and diamond jewellery, visit the Switzerland jewellery shop of Edellie, either online www.Edellie.com or at the EdellieGeneva jewellery boutique. You will certainly not be disappointed as you will find selections of jewels that even the fussiest person will adore.

Wearing a strand of pearls has once again become a fashion statement. In the past wearing these gentle jewels was commonly associated with your grandmother who would never go out without her pearls! Whether cultured or imitation, the trend of wearing these gemstones is gaining popularity once again.

A pearl is formed in a mollusk by its producing layers of nacre around an irritant inside its shell. In natural pearl, it is from an organism in the water, whereas in cultured one, a pearl bead is inserted into the mollusk to start the process. In both cases, the value of the pearl is dictated by the quality of the luster of the nacre. A good pearl is valued by its smoothness, without any marks seen on the nacre and by its luster (shine).

Various lengths

Pearls can be oval, round, pear-shaped, or misshapen, with the misshapen pearls known as baroque. Pearls are available in various lengths, such as a choker that sits at the base of the neck, or a collar that fits against the throat. A princes’s length reaches near the collarbone and there is a matinee length (20-24 inches). This is followed by an opera length 30-36 inches). The longest pearl length is a rope and that refers to strands which are longer than 36 inches.

Necklaces can be uniform where all the pearls are the same size or graduated where the pearls size range from small to larger at the centre. Natural pearls are now rare and if seen for sale they are extremely costly. However, it is possible to acquire good cultured pearls.


Cultured pearl grows on pearl farms where the mollusks are raised until old enough to accept the pearl bead nucleus. The beads are delicately implanted and the mollusks cared for while the pearl is formed. Not all of them produce pearls though. Thousands of pearls are sorted to assemble a single strand of matching pearls.

Freshwater pearls, however, are grown in lakes, rivers, or ponds, and can be produced in a variety of shapes and colours. They do not have a bead nucleus, only a piece of tissue. This results in a pearl with thicker nacre.

Imitation Pearl

These ones are usually a coated glass bead. They may have a stylish luster, but certainly not the depth that one finds on a high-quality cultured pearl.


As the end of the year approaches, it is the time for taking out of the closet your fancy clothes and jewels. The year-end brings with it many parties and other special functions where there is the need to dress up and appear looking at your best. Looking smart is not only a necessity for women, men too require paying attention to their clothes and their items of jewellery, such as bracelets and rings, they are going to adorn themselves with as well. Popular trends at the moment for men’s jewellery are leather or gemstone bracelets, and rings, in combinations with silver or gold as seen at Edellie jewellery online shop.

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Every girl dreams of the day when she will proudly display a diamond ring on her finger. From the time the engagement is announced, or from your wedding day, your diamond ring is worn constantly, so in reality, it does become your best friend. Once it’s on your finger, it stays put and is only taken off for cleaning.

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