Where Would You Like to Go Today: Timbuktu, Legendary City of Gold

Where Would You Like to Go Today: Timbuktu, Legendary City of Gold

Added over 7 years ago

In the 14th Century CE, fantastical stories were circulating through the civilized world about a city in Northern Africa where the streets were literally paved with gold.  While Western foreigners finally managed to "discover" the city in the early part of the 19h Century, the image of Timbuktu as a city of myth and legend has persisted to the present day: in 2006 a survey conducted among 150 young Britons found 34% did not even believe the town existed...

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Bernie's Trip to Mexico

Bernie's Trip to Mexico

Added over 7 years ago

Want the lowdown on our latest buying trip? Bernie visits the famous colonial silver capital of Taxco to see what's new in Mexican silver jewellery

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The Yellow Topaz

The Yellow Topaz

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Yellow topaz, also called "Imperial topaz" for its association with Eastern European royalty, is considered the birthstone for November or those born under the sign of Sagittarius (the alternative birthstone for November is the citrine).

Pictured here is a magnificent early Christian ornament in gold from Constantinople, featuring a square cut yellow topaz surrounded by garnets. Picture courtesy of Shakko

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