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Is there any famous royal jewellery with tanzanite in it? Or is it too modern?
Too modern, it's only been around for 42 years and is somewhat fragile. It would be lovely though. Although it's only 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, it would be fine for a knockout demi- or full parure. I would hesitate to put a large stone into a ring.

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I have a solution for the opal set. HM The Queen should gift it to Charlene. She could carry it off without a blink!
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:21 PM
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what kind of stones in her necklace does märtha louise wear here?
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Could it be Calcedon?
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Too modern, it's only been around for 42 years and is somewhat fragile. It would be lovely though. Although it's only 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, it would be fine for a knockout demi- or full parure. I would hesitate to put a large stone into a ring.

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I have a solution for the opal set. HM The Queen should gift it to Charlene. She could carry it off without a blink!
I would not use Tanzanite (much as I love it) for either a ring or bracelet, due to it's softness....Tiara, earrings, necklace...yes! Bring it to me now!
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Could it be Calcedon?
Moonstone, maybe?
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:56 AM
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what kind of stones in her necklace does märtha louise wear here?

Maybe moonstones?
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:59 AM
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I have an opal ring from about 1900. No one in the family will wear it , I adore it but its an old setting and very feminine.... someday I will ask my intended wife to wear it I suppose. My family thinks they are bad luck.

My question is , in all forums , photos and readings , I dont see any opals or even a record of them in the mix? Do the royals ascribe to the curse of the opal too?
Even Wallis didnt go into the opal nad its mysteries...

Anyone know anything?
Some say that opals bring bad luck but I don't believe that at all. Usually royal jewels are faceted jemstones.
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Opals reputation for bring bad luck is due to their chemical make-up-silicates and water? which renders them susceptible to changes in temperature. I was told, that in the early days of cruising, if one crossed the Equator by ship, one was required to place ones opals into cold storage to prevent them from cracking. Conversely, extreme cold could cause them to shrink and loosen from their settings. They are not my birth stone but I LOVE them.
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The reputation of opals actually changed in 1829 with the publication of Sir Walter Scott's Anne of Geierstein. In it, a character wears an opal talisman and eventually dies. The novel was very popular and subsequently people began to associate opals with bad luck and death.

Prior to that time, opals were considered to be very lucky stones because it was believed that they possessed all of the associated characteristics of every gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. (see Wikipedia entry for more info)
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Is there any incidence of someone NOT wearing opals who has NOT died? LOLOLOL

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Maybe moonstones?
Martha-Louise's necklace could be chalcedon, moonstone or plastic. Without seeing it in person it is very hard to tell. I lean toward chalcedony.
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, Kitty Atlanta!!
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are there a item of royal jewllery with Semi-Precious stones that you really love if so what item?
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are there a item of royal jewllery with Semi-Precious stones that you really love if so what item?
I love amethyst so my favourite of the Royal amethysts would have to be the Swedish amethyst parure, it has such a depth of colour.
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The Habsburg Peridot Parure
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I love amethyst so my favourite of the Royal amethysts would have to be the Swedish amethyst parure, it has such a depth of colour.
Are amethysts considered "semi-precious" or "precious" ?
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Semi precious. Diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies are precious.
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I love amethyst so my favourite of the Royal amethysts would have to be the Swedish amethyst parure, it has such a depth of colour.


I agree. QE2’s aquamarines in amethyst would be amazing.
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Are amethysts considered "semi-precious" or "precious" ?
It's such a good question - because purple and amethysts have been associated with royalty going back to BCE. I've always thought a good, juicy, clear amethyst far more "precious" than the occluded and flawed emeralds we see. today. Personally, I prefer the red of some kinds of garnet to the red of a classic ruby. I realize the rubies are more expensive, but I find them aesthetically less pleasing. Just my taste.

And for many ancient cultures, lapis, carnelian and turquoise were precious. Yet today, we call them opaque stones and don't even grant them carat weight.

To me any great gems are precious. JMO.
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