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Valuable gifts of nature

The natural stones that enrich the Kastunis bags evoke special emotions, with their imagine always different. Imbedded in the particular jewellery clasp, they are the hallmark of our products; their peculiarity lies in their being charming, unique and not reproducible; this is what gives to each bag the characteristic of exclusivity and to the wearer the certainty she cannot go unheeded.

The selected stones regarding the last Kastunis Collection are:

Amazonite

Anciently it was known as “stone of hope” for its beautiful green colour, often decorated with white crystalline grain. In those times, it was used to create amulets and jewels; some of these were found in the Tutankhamen’s grave. There are many legends that narrate about Amazonite jewellery worn by the legendary Amazonian warriors, from which the name may derive; other more recent sources assign the origin of the name to the findings of this valuable mineral in the Amazon rainforest during the XIX century.

Amethyst

It’s one of the most famous gems, already well known among the ancient inhabitants of Mesopotamia – an extended area in the Nord of Persian Gulf – who used it to make jewellery. According to Greek mythology, its name comes from the one of a “wood nymph”, precisely Amethyst, of which Dionysus, god of viticulture, was hopelessly in love. To escape his court, the wonderful nymph turned to Diana, goddess of hunting, who convert her into a very pure crystal. Repenting of his behaviour, Dionysus poured on Amethyst a cup of wine, that gave the gem its typical purplish colour.

Orbicular or Ocean Jasper

Some ancient populations attributed to Jasper Stones special properties, even considering them “sacred stones”; for this reason, they were used to make amulets and rich necklaces. In particular, the Orbicular Jasper – so named for the characteristic spherical and concentric shapes visible on its surface – had been for a long time shrouded in mystery, that was even the cause of doubt about the real existence of the mineral. Finally, at the end of 90s, some researchers of rare stones discovered a deposit on the west coast of Madagascar, reachable only by boat, where to quarry it people have to wait for low tide and defy the forces of the Indian Ocean, rather threatening in that area. For this reason, the gem is also named Ocean Jasper.

Red Jasper

It’s a gem venerate for centuries and considered sacred, as people thought that it had metaphysical powers capable to protect the wearer and give courage and wisdom. According to the Bible, it was a gift from God and would be the foundation stone of New Jerusalem. Ancient legends narrated that into the hilt of the sword of many warriors was mounted a Red Jasper, that made them brave and invincible. People told that even the sword of Vercingetorix, the Gallic prince and army commander, was adorned with this gem. In ancient Rome the Red Jasper used to be the stone consecrated to Jupiter.

Heliotrope

The name of this mineral comes from the Greek helios (sun) and trépein (turn, turn towards) and refers to legends existing among ancient populations who attributed to this gemstone special properties to follow the sun and reflect its rays, also described by Pliny the Elder in his “Naturalis Historia”. Other ancient popular believes attributed to it virtues of healing from snake bites and make the wearer invisible. The latter inspired Boccaccio in writing a novel of Decameron, entitled “Calandrino e l’Elitropia”. In the Middle Ages it was believed that the red dots on the stone surface were drops of blood of Christ crucified.

Brindle Iron

This gemstone is the result of a metamorphosis process of three different minerals namely the Red Jasper, the Hematite and the Tiger Eye, that fused together two billion years ago, when tectonic plates moved to create the Australian Continent. In the past, gemologists consider it a symbol of the growth and the evolution of Mother Earth. The gemstone is mined in Australia and South Africa and is widely used for the manufacture of necklaces, bracelets and pendants.

Lapis Lazuli

The name of this gem comes from Latin lapis (stone) and lazulum (bleu). Thanks to its shiny beauty, its use as precious stone for the manufacture of ornamental objects is very old and dates back to the fifth millennium b.C. In Egypt, in the pharaohs’ grave, there have been, over the years, many archaeological finds of jewels in Lapis Lazuli. Moreover, in the Buddhist religion it was considered a “sacred stone”, as present in “Seven Treasures” – corresponding to the seven spiritual Human values – along with other elements such as gold, silver, turquoise, coral and so on. The spiritual value assigned to the Lapis Lazuli was the “Treasury of Conscience”.

Rhodochrosite

The name of this gem comes from Greek “rhodon” (pink) and “chrosis” (colour). The first discoveries known to us date back to the XIII century, when the Rhodochrosite was found in some silver and copper mines from Inca populations, one of the major pre-Columbian civilizations, developed on the plateau of the Andes between the XIII and the XVI century. For this reason, the gem is also known as the “Rose of the Inca”. Later, important deposits were found in Argentina, precisely in the “Sierras Capillitas”, at more than 3,000 meters above the sea level. The Rhodochrosite in the past and also nowadays is cut “at cabochon” or other shapes for making elegant jewellery.

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