The Beauty of Amber

The Beauty of Amber

Added over 8 years ago

Arguably the first gemstone ever collected and worked by human beings, all amber is between 20 and 345 million years old, and can continue to change in colour and appearance even when cut and set into modern jewellery - no wonder it is called the "living stone" and loved by people the world over.  So how does amber form and where does it come from?

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Stories From the Silk Road: the Silk Road by Rail

Stories From the Silk Road: the Silk Road by Rail

Added over 8 years ago

Paul Wilson has been travelling the Silk Road for over ten years and has written several books and articles on the route. He has passed through Kashgar many times and on moving to Sydney came across our version of Kashgar in Bondi Junction. His latest book: The Silk Roads (Trailblazer Publications) is available nationwide and also in our store.  Each month he will recount some of his adventures and offer advice to our website visitors. This month's article is The Silk Road by Rail, a look at the joys and perils of train travel on the magical Silk Road!

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