A Gem of a Painting: The Art of Painting with Crushed Gemstones

paintingIn Vietnam’s northern Yen Bai province lies the country’s busiest gem-trading center, Luc Yen district. The first stones discovered in the region were rubies in the late 1980’s, followed by sapphires, spinel, feldspar and tourmaline. After discovery of these gem deposits in the 1990’s, the town grew exponentially to include the community of miners, cutters, and traders.

a new commodity was born. (more…)

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Peridot beach August birthstone

BeachWhat better way to commemorate the birthstone of August then with a whole beach lined with it! The birthstone of the month is peridot and it comes in abundance on a small beach in Hawaii.

Papakolea Beach is a green sand beach; the sand came from a volcanic eruption that spewed green ash sand over 49,000 years ago. The green colour formed from Olivine rock fragments that came from the mountain. Olivine (more…)

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Hermes Diamond Encrusted Purse

HermesIn our daily lives we always try and add a new sparkle to boring and mundane objects. Shoes, iPhones and now even purses have diamond encrusted jewels added to them to make them pop!

Recently, Hermes has created a diamond encrusted bag designed by the accessory designer, Pierre Hardy. Hardy was hired to design a handbag that featured 1,160 diamonds. But the real jaw dropper – it’s not even a real (more…)

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