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Behind The Processes of 7 Precious Gemstones

Treasured symbols of wealth, status and power in civilisations through the ages, gemstones also conceal wonderful stories of natural history.

  • CARNELIAN

    Warm and vibrant, the 51 brownish-red stones on this necklace are carnelian, a variety of chalcedony. The chalcedony family is a large one and includes any material made of microcrystalline quartz, or tiny quartz crystals that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Carnelian gets its colour courtesy of iron-oxide impurities – and its hues can vary from pale orange to almost black. One of the earliest stones to be used in jewellery, carnelian was also valued by the ancient Egyptians, who believed it had the power to assist the soul in passing into the afterlife.

    Carnelian, diamond, mother-of-pearl and pink gold necklace, from Van Cleef & Arpels.

PHOTOGRAPHY Vee Chin ART DIRECTION Fazlie Hashim

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