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NEW 18k gold electroplated sterling silver diamond-accented cross motif pendant. Includes an 18 inch 18 karat gold plate over the sterling silver chain (as shown).

Pendant size: 20 millimeters high, 14 millimeters wide, 3 millimeters thick, accented with a 1 mm diamond accent. All measurements are approximate.

CHAIN ​​NOTE: If you'd prefer something other than the "standard" 18 "chain described above, we have many other chains available that would match this pendant. You can request a free gold electroplated chain in lengths from 16" to 24 ". We also have chains available in 14k gold fill and 14k solid gold in lengths from 16 to 30 inches.

DETAIL: In ancient times there was only one source of diamonds ... India, where there was written records of diamonds dating back to 400 BC. BC Reaching back. The best Indian diamonds came from the Majhgawan pipe near Panna, India. Perhaps the earliest symbolic use of diamonds was the eye of Hindu devotional statues. The diamonds themselves were considered a gift of the gods and were therefore valued. The time at which diamonds assumed their divine status is unknown, but early texts indicate that they have been in India since at least 400 BC. Were recognized. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were tears of the gods. and from the Greek word adamas, "indomitable" or "invincible", related to its hardness, the word "diamond" is derived. The ancient Romans believed diamonds were slivers of fallen stars. The presence of diamonds in Rome is established by the writings of the Roman historian and naturalist Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD).

Here is one such "shard of stars" (or if you prefer a "tear from the gods") mounted in a high quality cross pendant. The pendant is made of 18k gold over sterling silver and is accented with A diamond. Although the pendant has been skillfully and very convincingly made to contain 16 diamonds with 1mm accent, we would like to emphasize that in reality there is only one 1mm diamond accent, right in the center of the cross where the four "arms" meet . However, aside from very close examination, the pendant appears to have sixteen diamond accents in it, and the appearance is quite convincing. You need to examine the pendant very carefully to determine that any pronged "diamond" accents are actually just metal that looks like a pronged diamond accent. Either way, the pendant is new, very pretty and appealing, and contains a real 1mm diamond accent. The standard chain is galvanized sterling silver made from 18k gold. However, you can choose any length of gold or silver electrical plate chain between 16 and 24 inches instead. Heavier chains made of sterling silver and chains made of solid 14-carat gold and 14-carat gold (5% gold over 95% sterling) in lengths between 16 and 24 inches are also available on request.

DIAMOND HISTORY: In ancient times there was only one source of diamonds ... India. Bombay is still one of the largest diamond cutting centers in the world (alongside New York, Tel Aviv and Antwerp). Over 800,000 tailors are employed in the city of Bombay alone. Cutting 90% of the world's diamonds. The best Indian diamonds come from the Majhgawan pipe near Panna, India, which was discovered in 1827. However, India is no longer a large producer of diamonds and only produces around 20,000 carats per year. Australia produces 2,000 times more diamonds each year - about 40 million carats a year; This is followed by 20 million carats per year for the Congolese Republic, 15 million carats per year for Botswana and 10 million carats each for Russia and South Africa. However, this region of India produced some of the largest diamonds in the world including the Great Mughal (793 carats), the Regent (410 carats), the Nizam (340 carats), the Orloff (194 carats), the Kohinoor (132 carats). and the Hope or Blue Tavernier (112 carats).

The traditional Indian diamond reserves, which had satisfied the appetites of ancient times for thousands of years, were nearly exhausted when enormous new alluvial diamond deposits were discovered in Brazil in 1725, followed by the amazing discoveries of South Africa in 1870. Perhaps the earliest symbolic use of diamonds was in the eye of Hindu devotional statues. The diamonds themselves were considered a gift of the gods and were therefore valued. The time at which diamonds assumed their divine status is unknown, but early texts indicate that they have been in India since at least 400 BC. Were recognized. The most common word for diamond in Sanskrit was vajra, or "lightning," and possession of diamonds was believed to bring good luck, prosperity, children, wealth, grain, cows and meat, according to ancient Hindu texts. (Also) whoever wears a diamond will see dangers from himself, whether he is threatened by snakes, fire, poison, disease, thieves, floods or evil spirits. "

The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were tears of the gods; and from the Greek word adamas, "indomitable" or "invincible", related to its hardness, the word "diamond" is derived. The ancient Romans believed diamonds were slivers of fallen stars. The presence of diamonds in Rome is established by the writings of Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD). Unfortunately, according to Pliny, "these stones are tested on the anvil and withstand the blow so much that the iron rebounds and the anvil splits apart." One can only imagine how many real diamonds have been shattered by splinters in this ill-advised one Test. Even diamond fragments were prized by the Romans, who used diamond points in iron pens to engrave sapphires, cameos, and intaglios. Even early Chinese references to diamonds quote its origins in Rome in iron scribes. The Chinese interest in diamonds was solely as an engraving or carving tool, mainly for jade, or as a drill bit for pearls and pearls.

In Western culture, diamonds are the traditional symbol of fearlessness and virtue. Although most of the world's diamonds are cut in Bombay, over 90% of the world's rough diamonds are traded in Antwerp, Belgium. Between the 13th and 15th centuries, Bruges was the diamond center of the world. then Antwerp until the Spanish conquered the city in 1585 AD; then Amsterdam through the early 19th century, then back to Antwerp. The Portuguese colony of Goa was the starting point for diamonds from India. The trade route developed from Goa to Lisbon to Antwerp, cutting out the traditional Arab middlemen. From the 13th century onwards, a small number of diamonds appeared in European regalia and pieces of jewelery, which are set as accent points between pearls made of magnificently forged gold. Louis IX By France (1214-70 AD) decreed that diamonds should only be reserved for kings, an indication of the rarity of diamonds and the value given to them at the time.

The history of diamond cutting can be traced back to the late Middle Ages, before diamonds were enjoyed in their natural octahedral state. At that time, diamond was valued primarily for its brilliant shine and its superlative hardness. The most frequently used table-cut diamond ("table") appears black to the eye, as is the case with paintings from this period. It is believed that diamond cutting originated in Venice around 1330 AD. In 1375 AD there was a guild of diamond polishers in Nuremberg. About a hundred years later, absolute symmetry was introduced in the arrangement of the faceting, and the most common cuts were known as pendeloque or briolette. The rose pruning was introduced around the middle of the 16th century. The first "brilliant cut" was introduced in the middle of the 17th century. By the 16th century, when diamonds became bigger and better known, their popularity had spread from royalty to the aristocratic classes. This was in part a reaction to the development of diamond faceting, which improved its brilliance and fire. In the 17th century, diamonds became popular with the wealthy merchant class.

Diamonds come in different colors - steel, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink, brown, and black. The most common diamonds and arguably the most sought-after (though not the rarest) are pure and colorless. The most common impurity is nitrogen which, when dispersed, gives the stone a yellowish hue (but when grouped it does not affect the color of the diamond). Diamonds without nitrogen impurities are often colored pink, red, or brown - the color that results from molecular structural anomalies. Blue diamonds are colored by boron impurities. Diamonds are a form of carbon and are not "forever". Even the Romans have shown that they burn (or deteriorate with heat). However, a diamond is probably the oldest thing you'll ever own, probably 3 billion years old, which is two-thirds the age of the earth. Diamonds are carbon crystals that form deep in the earth under high temperatures and extreme pressures. If, for example, as part of “plate teutonics”, a sea floor slides beneath the earth's crust into the earth's mantle, trapped organic carbon can eventually become diamond. They arise in the mantle at depths of usually more than 150 kilometers.

Diamonds are brought back to the surface in a rare form of molten rock (or magma) that comes from great depths and rises and erupts in small but fierce volcanoes. As such volcanoes cool down there is a carrot-shaped "tube" filled with volcanic rock, mantle fragments and embedded diamonds. Diamonds are also formed due to the immense pressure created by meteorite impacts. Meteorites also experience shocks themselves and can contain diamonds. And the oldest meteorite material contains star dust, the remains of the death of stars. Part of this star dust is very small diamonds and older than the solar system itself. New studies show that they stars formed in flashes of radiation from dying red giants more than 5 billion years in the surrounding clouds of methane-rich gas. If you are interested in learning more about diamonds please click Here to visit a great American Museum of Natural History website.

RUSSIAN DIAMOND HISTORY: It is believed that the first Russian diamonds were found on June 22, 1829 by a boy in Countess Porlier's Biszer Gold Washings, about 160 miles west of the city of Perm, Russia. It was precisely at this time that Humboldt was exploring the Urals, and his companions are said to have found diamonds at the location mentioned above. The Krestovosdvigensk gold factory gained a certain reputation for its diamonds, and part of it was once worked exclusively for these stones. However, diamond finds in Russia remained very rare. At the end of World War II, diamonds were a top priority strategic target for Russia (which had evolved into the Soviet Union) in the post-war years, and one that was vital to many industrial applications.

When the Cold War began in 1947, the Soviet Union did not have a secure source of industrial diamonds. It was totally dependent on the De Beers cartel for the diamond drill stones that were used to search for oil and gas, the diamond nozzle stones that were used to make precision parts and pull out fine wire, and the diamond abrasives that were used to grind the Machine needed tools and weapons. Without a continuous supply of these industrial diamonds, it would be impossible to rebuild the war-torn economy or to effectively re-arm the military machine. Realizing that his vital diamond supply could be embargoed at any time, Stalin urged Russian geologists and scientists to develop a more reliable diamond source.

The best hope to achieve this goal was an extensive program that included systematic exploration of the vast unexplored regions of Soviet Siberia to find the type of volcanic vent pipes that had produced the rich diamond reserves in South Africa. The search for diamonds was concentrated on the Siberian plateau in the Yakutia province, which lay between the Lena and Yenisei rivers, which, according to Russian geologists, was geologically similar to the "shield" of South Africa. Both formations had remained stable for the disadvantages of geological time and were neither deformed nor "folded" by the earth's windings. Since kimberlite pipes had been found on the South African shield, Russian geologists suspected that they could also exist in this Yakut shield. It took eight years of massive effort to finally reach that goal in 1955.

More pipes were later discovered at the very edge of the Arctic Circle. In order to service these mines in the "Pole of Cold", as this region is called by the Russians, the Russians built a completely new city, Aikhal. In early 1962, the Soviet Union agreed to sell virtually all uncut gem quality diamonds to the De Beers cartel. Within a few years diamond production was nearly ten million carats a year, and the Soviet Union exported around two million carats as precious stones. In 1976 production rose to 16 million carats. Today, most of the world's commercially viable diamond deposits are located in Russia (mainly in the Sakha Republic, for example, Mir-Rohr and Udachnaya-Rohr). as well as in Botswana, Australia (Northern and Western Australia) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2005, Russia produced almost a fifth of the world's diamond production.

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We travel to Russia every year to look for ancient gemstones and jewelry from one of the most productive gemstone production and cutting centers in the world, the area between Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg, Russia. From every corner of Siberia, as well as from India, Ceylon, Burma and Siam, gemstones have gone to Yekaterinburg for centuries, where they were cut and incorporated into the fabulous jewelry for which the tsars and royal families of Europe were famous. My wife grew up and received a university education in the southern Urals of Russia, just hours from the mountains of Siberia, where alexandrite, diamond, emerald, sapphire, chrysoberyl, topaz, demantoid garnet and many other rare and precious gemstones are produced. Although may be hard to find in the US, ancient gemstones are usually not removed from old, broken environments - the reused gold - the gemstones are re-cut and reset.

Before recutting these beautiful antique gemstones, we try to acquire the best in their original, antique, handcrafted condition - most of them are centuries old. We believe that the work of these long-time master craftsmen is worth protecting and preserving this legacy of ancient gemstones rather than destroying it by ripping the original work from life. By preserving their work in a sense, we are preserving their lives and the legacy they have left for modern times. Far better to appreciate their craft than destroy it with modern cutting. Not everyone agrees - 95% or more of the ancient gemstones that come on these marketplaces will be re-cut and the legacy of the past will be lost.However, if you agree with us that the past is worth protecting, and that past lives and the products of those lives still matter today, consider buying an antique, hand-cut, natural gemstone instead of a mass-produced (often synthetic) gem, or “in the laboratory manufactured “) gemstones that dominate the market today.

Our interest in the fabulous history of Russian gemstones and the fabulous jewelry of the tsars led to further training and contacts in India, Ceylon and Siam, other ancient centers of gemstone production and processing. We have a number of "helpers" (family members, friends and colleagues) in Russia and India who act as eyes and ears for us all year round, and in return we donate part of our income to support educational institutions in Russia and India. Occasionally we find purchases of unique contemporary gemstones and jewelry in Russia, India, Siam and Ceylon so good that we buy some pieces to offer to our customers here in America. These are always clearly labeled as contemporary rather than antiques - just to avoid confusion. We can set almost any antique gemstone you buy from us in a range of styles and metals, from rings to pendants to earrings and bracelets. in sterling silver, 14 carat solid gold and 14 carat gold filling. We are happy to provide you with a certificate of authenticity / guarantee of authenticity for every item you buy from me. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

NEW 18k gold electroplated sterling silver diamond-accented cross motif pendant. Includes an 18 inch 18 karat gold plate over the sterling silver chain (as shown). Pendant size: 20 millimeters high, 14 millimeters wide, 3 millimeters thick, accented with a 1 mm diamond accent. All measurements are approximate. CHAIN ​​NOTE: If you'd prefer something other than the "standard" 18 "chain described above, we have many other chains available that would match this pendant. You can request a free gold electroplated chain in lengths from 16" to 24 ". We also have chains available in 14k gold fill and 14k solid gold in lengths from 16 to 30 in. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES will be given e