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The Fascinating History of Bracelets

The Fascinating History of Bracelets

The origin of the term 'bracelet' stems from the Greek word brachile meaning 'of the arm', via the Old French bracel. A bracelet is also a small brace or bracer (an arm-guard used by archers). In this article, we’ll be exploring the history of bracelets, as well as the different types and the symbolic meaning behind them.   Table of Contents What Is a Bracelet and Where Does it Originate From? The History of The Bracelet Different Cultures That Used Bracelets The Stone Age Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece and Rome The Middle Ages The Renaissance 17th-Century 19th-Century The Arts &....
Uncover the Rich Story Behind Lapis Lazuli

Uncover the Rich Story Behind Lapis Lazuli

Exotic and alluring, the rich and deep hue of Lapis is stimulating to touch and mesmerizing to behold.      It derives its intriguing name from “Lapis,” the Latin word for stone, and “Azula,” which comes from the Arabic for “blue.” Lapis colours range between indigo, royal, midnight, or marine blue and its signature hue is a deeply saturated violet tinted blue that is medium to dark in tone. In its most prized form (top left picture), Lapis Lazuli has no visible calcite, although it might have gold-coloured pyrite flecks (top right picture). Lapis is a semi-translucent to opaque stone....
The Unique Symbolic History of Trade Beads

The Unique Symbolic History of Trade Beads

Trade beads are beads that were used as a medium of barter and are considered to be one of the earliest forms of trade between members of the human race. A fascinating thing about trade beads is that many experts believe that bead trading was one of the reasons why humans developed language.   HISTORY OF TRADE BEADS Made to facilitate trade, beads in various forms have been used by explorers and then traders mainly across the African continent. Ancient trade beads were also in wide use amongst the Native tribes of the United States and Canada, and throughout Latin....

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