Pink tourmaline

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Tourmaline is an important group of complex gem-quality boron silicate minerals. This fine stone can be found in a multitude of colours : “from black to bluish-black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest … Continue reading

Bakelite jewelry

Bakelite is a castable, fire resistant plastic invented by Leo Baekeland in 1909 for industrial purposes. However, jewelry makers used it to create jewels ; it was very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The jewelry designer Mark Davis uses bakelite for his designs :
Mark Davis bangles

Lapis Lazuli jewelry

Lazurite is a feldspathoid silicate and belongs to sodalite group of minerals. It is a blue stone which can vary from “greenish blue to violetish, from medium to dark and from low to highly saturated”.

This fine stone is found mainly in Afghanistan but is also found in Angola, Argentina, Canada, Chile (North of Santiago), India, Italy, Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan, Russia and the United States (California and Colorado).

Besides, the name “lapis lazuli” comes from the Latin word “lapis” meaning “stone” and from the Arabic and the Persian word “lazaward” (Persian name for lapis stone and the name of the mining location).

The Cannes Film Festival in photos

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Glamour, sparkles and off course cinephilia are there at the Cannes Film Festival. Anna Kendrick : Audrey Tautou : Diane Kruger : Emma Stone : Elle Fanning (member of the Cannes jury in 2019) : Rachel McAdams : Leonardo DiCaprio … Continue reading