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Jewelry Facts for your Tuesday Brain

Did you know:

The tradition of borrowing jewelry from high-end Jewelers to wear to the Academy Awards ceremony was started in 1944 by Jennifer Jones who wore Harry Winston’s jewelry for the occasion.

Pure gold is always yellow. The color of gold can be altered by adding in different metals.

Pearls are formed when a tiny bit of sand gets trapped inside an oyster. The oyster produces ”nacre” as a defense mechanism that coats the intruder, layer after layer.

A pearl is only found naturally in 1 in every 10,000 oysters.

Cultured pearls are formed with human intervention but placing an irritant into an opened mollusk or oyster.

Mother of Pearl is the thick nacre that coats the inner shell of the oyster or mollusk. The oyster secretes the nacre from the cells on the mantle tissue to protect itself from parasitic organisms.

Necklace Lengths:
-15-16″ is called “Choker length” and hits just above the collar bone.
-18″ length chains are called “Princess Length” and hit just below the collar bone.
-22-23″ length necklaces are called “Matinee length”
-28-36″ necklaces are called “Opera length”
-37″ or longer necklaces are called “Sautoir or Rope Length”
The Pearl of Lao Tzu is the largest pearl ever found, weighing 14.1 lbs and 10 inches in diameter.

Most Diamonds are 1-3 million years old.

The name diamond comes from the Greek word Adamas, which means indestructible or unconquerable.

Engagement rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand, because the ancient Egyptians believed that the vein in that finger ran directly to the heart.

A ruby is actually a red sapphire.

High quality emerald is more valuable than a diamond.

Cartier introduced the metal platinum to Jewelry in 1896.