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What are rhinestones?

February 11, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Jewelry

Rhinestones are artificial colorless gems of high luster and cut to imitate diamonds. Their chief use is in the manufacture of cheap jewelry and accordingly false jewelry itself is sometimes referred to as rhineĀ­stone. Rhinestones were so named because they were first made along the Rhine River of a composition known as strass, which was …

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What is the golden rose?

December 14, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Jewelry, Religion

The golden rose is an artificial ornament of pure gold set with gems and made by skilled artificers. It is blessed by the Pope on the fourth (Laetare) Sunday in Lent, which for that reason is sometimes called “Rose Sunday.” For centuries the popes have been accustomed to confer the golden rose upon churches and …

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