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London, England: A City of Inspired Design

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London, England: A City of Inspired Design

London is a city with ancient roots. It's been a settlement for two thousand years, and all of that history is soaked into its architecture, culture and the fabled River Thames.   London has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region. That is part of what it makes it a desirable place to visit or call home. It's known for its distinguished colleges and universities, museums, galleries and of course the monarchy and palaces where they reside.  It is also known for being a leader in the world of fashion and...

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Venice, Italy: a City of Dreams

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Venice, Italy: a City of Dreams

Venice, Italy...there is no other place on earth quite like it. It is known as the floating city due to the fact that the city of Venice consists of 118 small islands connected by numerous canals and bridges. Yet, the buildings in Venice were not built directly on the islands. Instead, they were built upon wooden platforms that were supported by wooden stakes driven into the ground. Over time, those wooden stakes have petrified creating a more stable structure than one would think. It's just one of the many mysteries you will find in Venice. There is a wonder and...

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Why Pearls Are So Special

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Why Pearls Are So Special

The History of Pearls:  Pearls are unique among gemstones because they don’t arise from the depths of the earth but from the sea. They require no special cutting or polishing to maximize their lustrous beauty, which has been treasured since ancient times and ensures that pearl jewelry will always be appreciated and desired.  Pearls were used in jewelry at least as far back as ancient Greece, and until the 20th century pearls were one of the most valued gems, if not the most valuable, in many cultures. The rulers of the Byzantine empire dictated that only the emperor was allowed to wear pearls, and other...

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