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History of Bulgari

Bulgari, also known as Bvlgari, is recognized for their luxury watches, handbags, fragrances, cosmetics, accessories and hotels. Bulgari was founded in 1884 by Sotirios Voulgaris in his home village of Epirus, Greece where his first store can still be seen. In 1877, Voulgaris moved to Corfu then to Naples and in 1881, he finally moved to Rome. In 1884, Voulgaris opened his second store in via Sistina. In 1905, the...

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History of the La Peregrina Pearl

The La Peregrina Pearl is one of the world’s most famous pearls. It has a 500 year history. It starts with the pearl being found by an African slave at Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama. It has since been owned by European kings and queens and is now owned by Elizabeth Taylor. This beautiful pearl is the largest pearl ever found and “remains one of the largest perfectly...

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History of Columbian Emerald Mines

Emerald mines can be found all over the world including the United States of America, Madagascar, Africa, India and Australia. The most beautiful emeralds are known to have come from Brazil and Columbia. I will be writing about the Columbian emerald mines. Their emeralds are known for their “transparency, crystallization and fire”. They range in color from “slightly light, yellowish green to a deep, bluish green”. Emeralds have a hardness...

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The History of Kashmir Sapphire Mines

Kashmir sapphires are considered the most beautiful and expensive sapphires in the sapphire family. They are known for their highly saturated violet-blue color with velvety transparency “which is caused by the presence of silk”. The sapphires come from a remote region in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas in India. These mines are known not only for blue sapphires but occasionally for pink sapphires as well. The Maharaja of Kashmir...

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