Animals have long been symbols of the human emotions as well as the physical embodiment of heavenly spirits. Their images have appeared on the walls of Neanderthal caves, in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, Elizabethan poems, Greek myths and much more. When it comes to jewelry designs, animal images have been used for centuries and are still very popular today.
There are certain gemstones that are so beautiful and so rare that they achieve worldwide notoriety. However, for one of these gemstones to achieve infamy, there is one requirement: it has to have been stolen. Believe it or not, jewelry theft is actually quite common. There are some jewelry heists that people in and out of the jewelry world will be talking about for years to come. The De Long Star Ruby currently resides in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. It has a magnificent red hue with a luminous asterism, a six-rayed star, and weighs a whopping 100.32 carats. Its story is one of rich history, drama and intrigue.
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The Hope Diamond is an infamously breathtaking jewel whose long, tortured history is shrouded in mystery, intrigue, decadence and a rumored curse. The saga of the exquisite deep grayish-blue gem starts hundreds of years ago and millions of miles away from its resting place, The Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. Millions of people flock to the museum to catch a glimpse of its brilliant design, deep-sea blue hue and gossip about the “curse” bestowed on anyone who has owned it.
Professional thieves are probably scratching their heads in disbelief while learning of one of the largest jewelry heists ever pulled off by one person. Jacmel Jewelers in Queens, New York discovered that $12 million dollars worth of stolen gold chunks and jewelry was missing from their vault in February of this year. Who had managed to steal such an amount right from under their noses? The answer would be shocking to everyone involved.
Bernie Madoff and his wife Ruth lived a privileged life. Apartments on Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side, a 55.5 foot luxury yacht named “Bull”, two private planes on call, a $9 million mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, memberships at exclusive country clubs, millions of dollars worth of expensive jewelry and $3 million beachfront property on Long Island. Then, suddenly, everything changed for the former investment manager of Ascot partners. The downturn in the national economy and the crisis in stock market had a lot of businesses and families wanting to pull out their money they had invested with Madoff. The truth was, as many of his clients would soon find out, there wasn’t any money. Bernie Madoff and his multi-billion dollar portfolio was all a lie.
The garnet is the official birthstone for the month of January as named by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It can also be given as a milestone gem on the second and sixth anniversaries. These scintillating gemstones come in a gorgeous array of colors including orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black and colorless; but the sultry, red garnet is by far the most popular.
The Blue Wittelsbach Diamond is one of the most precious gemstones in the world. Its story is shrouded in mystery, intrigue, centuries of royal history and drama. This breathtakingly beautiful gem is 35.56 carats of one of the most pristine VS2 deep, greyish- blue diamonds in recorded history. In December of 2008, the Blue Wittelsbach Diamond sold at a Christie’s auction for a record-breaking $24, 311,190 to world renowned jeweler Laurence Graff.
Amethysts are the official birthstones for the month of February as named by the American Association of Jewelers in 1912 as well the birthstone for the Pisces Zodiac sign. It is traditionally given as a gift on the fourth, sixth and seventeenth wedding anniversaries. Amethysts are the most valuable members of the quartz family. These whimsical gemstones also happen to be the most popular selling gemstone in the marketplace.
Every year, on February 14th, millions of people send special cards, jewelries, flowers and candy to people they care about. It’s an ancient holiday that has become synonymous with love. Actually, the entire month of February has long been associated with romance.