Gemstones, Color and Mystical SymbolismWritten by Sam Serio
The universe of colored gemstones is endlessly fascinating, for centuries, nearly every culture has held belief that colored stones possess magical powers or ability to endow wearer with certain attributes. Due to magical powers associated with colored gems, they were used extensively as amulets and talismans, portals to future; and as important components to many spiritual practices.
Yellow stones when worn by a woman were a sign of generosity. Worn by a man, a yellow stone signaled secrecy (as with a secret lover).
A violet stone worn by a woman indicated lofty thoughts and love of a spiritual nature. For a man, sober judgment, steadfastness, and ambition.
Black stones revealed foolishness and capriciousness in young women, while in married women it showed fidelity, constant love and perseverance. A man wearing a black stone exhibited gravity, common sense, constancy, and inner strength.
Red stones when worn by a women indicated pride, haughtiness, and obstinacy. On a man nobility, command, leadership and vengeance.
Gold Jewelry-The Rest of The Story Written by Sam Serio
Gold is one of metals taken from earth and is probably first metal known to man. Its first use has been traced back to 3600 B. C. and was probably originally obtained in Egypt, as ancient methods of obtaining gold in Egypt are illustrated in early rock carvings. It is said in book of Genesis that Abraham, in twentieth century B. C., when he went out of Egypt, was very rich not only in cattle but in gold and silver both in dust and ingots. In Exodus xxv, 29, we read that Moses was commanded by Lord to make spoons of gold for Tabernacle. In writings of Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Pliny and others, gold is frequently mentioned.
Gold is widely distributed in nature and is found in many ways and in all parts of world. It is found in water, in ice of Alaska, in sand of South Africa, and in quartz of Colorado, and is frequently found native, though usually alloyed with silver or iron. The purest specimens of native gold have yielded from 96 to 99 per cent, pure metal.
It is remarkable that all of races of mankind have selected gold as first and chief representative of value. In earliest times it was used as a medium of exchange in form of bars, spikes and rings; rings could be opened and closed so that a chain could be made for convenience in carrying. Gold was also used at a very early period for construction of personal ornaments, as savage found it easy to beat out pure ore into circlets to adorn his limbs. The universal use of gold in preference to all other metals is due to its many properties; its color and luster, its malleability and its indestructibility. Gold does not tarnish nor can it be destroyed. It may be reduced to a liquid and liquid transferred to a powder, and powder when melted in a crucible returns to its natural state. It is most malleable of all metals and has been hammered into leaves 1-282,000th of an inch thick. An ounce of gold may be drawn out into a wire fifty miles long. The tenacity of gold is seven tons per square inch.