Jet bracelet with ruby inlay
Astonishing to think that this solid jet bracelet dates back to somewhere between the 1st – 4th centuries AD. Georgians were creating cloisonné even then. However, at that time, cloisonné meant covering the entire surface of a gold item with flatly cut coloured gemstones. In this case, the stone is ruby.
Jewels: a secret history by Victoria Finlay
Are you ready for a journey to the centre of the earth? Spanning five continents and millions of years, Victoria Finlay traces the history of eight precious stones in a well written book that combines scholarship with journalistic reportage. Read more…