Monday, September 8, 2008

Facets 2008 - Gem and Jewellery Show

Sri Lanka's premire gem and jewellery show "Facets 2008" will be held from 6-9 September 2008 at BMICH, Colombo. This event is organized by Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association and Sponsord by National Gem and Jewellery Authority, Export Development Boead of Sri Lanka (EDB) and Sri Lankan Air Lines. Facets exhibition is the largest gem and jewellery exhibition in Sri Lanka and listed under international trade shows in event calenders.

The first day of the exhibition is reserved for VIP invitees. Second day onward the show will be oped for public audiance. The organizers are expecting more visitors in this year than previous years, this is due to increasing demand for Sri Lankan gemstones in the international market. Many visitors are expecting from Europe, USA, Thailand and India.

All leading gem and jewellery manufacturers in Sri Lanka will participate for this event and show their latest and most valuable designs and items. This will be an great opportunity for buyers to meet and find suppliers. Exhibitors from medium to large scale businesses are here to give service to suit to different buyers.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Gifts for All Seasons - Jewelry Gifts are Forever

A gift is a reminder of your appreciation, warmth, gratitude or love for someone who has a special place in your life. When you are planning to buy a gift for someone, the gift should be chosen so as to express the depth of your emotions. A well thought of gift which is chosen with a lot of care and love makes presenting and receiving a gift, a joy.

Jewelry Gifts - Jewelry is the passion that women across the world share equally irrespective of the different cultures, traditions, racial, economic differences. Jewelry is also preferred as a gift because it marks special occasions like engagements, wedding anniversaries and many more. Jewelry gifts are precious and last for a lifetime. It indicates that jewelry gift is mostly given to the people who are precious in our life.

Shopping online has made purchasing gifts even easier for people these days. For people leading busy lives time is an important factor and internet provides a fast convenient alternative. Online jewelry retailers like offers an exciting range of exclusive jewelry gift sets for various occasions. Visit Angara and make your choice today.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cutting and polishing diamonds

India has always been regarded as the natural and ancient home of the diamonds. Up to 1728 the whole world’s supply of diamonds was found in the deccan plateu in the valleys and on the beds of streams to a depth of twelve to sixteen feet of earth. Placed there by the gods as a gem endowed with magical qualities, Indians revered the diamond as far back as 1500 BC, the age of the Vedas.

During those ancient times, diamonds were not cut. The rough stones were mounted as such in jewellery, in helmets and on swords. This is why Indians who wrote on gems, such as Buddhabhatta, Thakkura Pheru describe the shape, and nature of rough diamonds in great detail. For example, Thakkura Pheru wrote in 1315 AD: “the best rough diamond has symmetric facets, free of impurities, sparkling, flawless and ligh in weight.”

Being the hardest known mineral in nature, only diamonds can cut or abrade other diamonds. Artisan used this property to best advantage; they rubbed one diamond against another for months to get the shape they wanted. They were expert in the art of grinding and polishing diamond crystals and kept gemstone shaping a family secret, not to be revealed to the outside world. It is likely that their techniques dated back thousands of years, but there is hardly any mention of this in Indian literature. Ancient texts state that while the diamonds was extremely hard and indestructible, it could easily be split by a light blow along certain directions and that the earliest diamond workers employed such techniques to remove heavy flows and cracks and to smooth the faces of crystals. Kautilya in this Artbhashastra wrote of the ability of diamond to scratch hard metals and other gemstones. It is possible that Indian workers tried to cut and polish diamonds with other diamonds as early as the first century BC. In Europe too, as early as 77 AD, engravers embedded diamond fragments in iron to make cutting tools. According to Pliny, these tools could in turn cut diamonds. During his travels in India in the eighteenth century Tavernier who wrote extensively on the gemstone industry in the country, found artisan in India were using iron wheels with diamond grit to remove flaws in diamond crystals. At the time of his visit, most Indians were merely polishing rough stones that had regular crystallized shapes. Faults like inclusions and grains were removed by grinding, but deep faults were sought to be hidden by a great number of small facets. Some European workers who had practiced diamond cutting in Europe but had settled in India were given the larger and more expensive stones for cutting. They were better at this work perhaps because they had already attained a higher level of perfection in their work. It has been recorded that as early as 1375 AD, diamond cutters in Germany were active and had even formed a guild in Nurenberg.

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