KGK Group’s enduring legacy of trust was first built on precious coloured gemstones – emeralds, rubies, sapphires and more. Gemstones are mineral crystals that are mined, cut and polished to be used in jewellery-making. Their rarity, lustre and beauty makes them very valuable.

Do you have an interest in the world of precious and semi-precious gemstones? Read on to know a few fascinating facts about gemstones, their history, qualities and more.

Egyptian ruler Cleopatra loved green stones

The ancient Egyptians are known to treasure green gemstones like peridots and emeralds. But not many are aware of the love that Cleopatra, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Eqypt, had for peridots. It was difficult to spot the difference between peridots and emeralds during those days, which suggests the queen also wore emeralds often.

Diamonds are the hardest gemstones

Diamonds are the hardest gemstones, which makes them the most long-lasting gemstones too. They are widely used in everyday jewellery since diamonds are not easily damageable. Only a diamond can be used to scratch another diamond.

With Titanic sank a beautiful sapphire necklace

Have you watched the famous ‘Titanic’ movie? Although the movie was a work of fiction by James Cameron, a beautiful sapphire necklace actually went down the ocean waters when the real Titanic ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912.

Garnets aren’t named after the word meaning ‘blood’

Due to being red in colour, it is a misconception that garnets have been named after a word meaning ‘blood’. Instead they have been named after pomegranates due to being similar in appearance to the blood-red seeds of a pomegranate.

The most colourful gemstones

Opals and tourmalines, the birthstones of those born in October, hold the record for being the most colourful gemstones on earth. While tourmalines are known as ‘Rainbow Gems’ for being available in every colour, opals have flashes of different colours.

The KGK Group processes, cuts and polishes its own gemstones to ensure maximum quality and value. Committed to ethical sourcing, the group also invests in primary gemstone mining of emeralds, paraibas and rubellites, in South America and Africa. We have a huge selection of gemstones that includes stones in every imaginable colour, shape and size.

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