Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Did you know ...


... that the concept of birthstones is said to originate from Aaron, first high priest of the Hebrews, wearing a silver breastplate with 12 gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel?

... that about 75% of American brides receive a diamond engagement ring? (Can you hear Marilyn sing?)

... that in the 1940s DeBeers company invented the "two months' salary guideline" (gross salary, not net) to encourage diamond sales during the depression? In turn they reduced prices to fall within the rule's parameters.

... that Marlene Dietrich once lost her emerald ring at her friend's house? The ring was discovered during dessert in the cake Dietrich had baked. (I wish I had a piece of that cake!)

... that the tradition of borrowing jewelry for the Academy Award night has been started in 1944 when the actress Jennifer Jones wore pieces by Harry Winston?

... that you'll be lucky in love if you wear a sapphire on Fridays? (Let me know if you try it!)

... that John Lennon said when he was appointed Member of the British Empire: "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."?

... that Elizabeth Taylor's famous pearl necklace got lost in her hotel room once only to be found in her dog's mouth after a frantic search? (That must have been a dog with some good taste.)

... that some of the oldest known man-made jewelry is from mollusks perforated to be made into beads? It was discovered in a cave in Morocco and dates back to the Middle Stone Age 82,000 years ago.

... that in the early 20th century pearls were so high in price that Cartier acquired a townhouse on 5th Avenue in New York in 1917 for 100 $ and an extraordinary pearl necklace that is believed to have belonged to Catherine the Great? (Luckily pearls are much more affordable in our days!)

... that SATeam has some fine artists creating a variety of beautiful jewelry? (What are you waiting for? Check it out!)

Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Etsy Starving Artists Jewelry Team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current Etsy shop owner members can be found at SATEAM.etsy.com.



10 comments:

galadryl said...

No, I didn't know. Thank you. That was wonderful to read.

mcstoneworks said...

Great start Cat. Lots of cool and amusing info.

DragonTrollQueen said...

Very cool read! Lots of jewelry trivia that I did not know. Awsome!!!!!

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

I did know a couple of those facts...thanks for filling us in on the rest.

angie said...

This is an excellent topic, with lots of great info!

FeatheredGems said...

I love trivia! This was great!

BeadSire said...

Interesting facts!

RocknWow said...

Hmmm...

Leilani said...

Love the facts! Great post!

Stacie @ azoho.com said...

Very Interesting. It's nice to know that rich & famous people lose their jewelry too only to be found in strange places. Great post!