The jewel beetle, or Sternocera aequisignata, is a species of beetle belonging to the Buprestidae family. Historically, these vibrant wings were sewn into Victorian-era gowns, like sequins. They were farmed in Thailand- the shells collected after they died of natural causes. HBJ loves jewel beetle wings for their iridescence and vibrancy.
Origins: Farmed in Thailand
Care: Jewel beetle wings are very delicate. Jewel beetle wing jewelry is typically backed with epoxy to help stabilize it, but they need to be handled with great care: no abrasive surfaces, knocking about, etc. It is an organic material, so avoid chemicals at all costs.
Old mine cut diamonds were studied and individually cut by eye and hand by the structure of the crystal from the 18th to late 19th century. Beloved for their unique and somewhat asymmetrical shapes, they are often described as “cut by candlelight”—referring to the diamonds’ large facets, and taller pavilion and table that catch the flicker of flames and light. Old mine cut diamonds are traditionally square-shaped with a classic, sliced-bottom that creates a window to see through the table further enhancing the diamonds’ sparkle.
MOHs Hardness: 10
Care: While diamonds are the earth’s hardest gemstone, they can still break. Avoid dropping diamonds onto hard surfaces. To clean your diamond piece, soak in warm, soapy water and remove any dirt with a toothbrush or the like. It is safe to clean with an ultrasonic and steam cleaner.
Healing Properties: Diamonds are believed to promote radiance, self-sovereignty, and fearlessness.
Anniversary: 60th and 75th