Pirates have fascinated people for years. In reality, some pirates were bloodthirsty scoundrels who showed no mercy to their victims while others were suave, cultured and had some principles. The earliest pirates were recorded as having sailed the seas more than 3000 years ago. Throughout the millennium pirates plundered ships of every nation. Even today, with modern technology and security, pirates continue to menace seafaring vessels in many areas of the world.
The Inca civilization has fascinated modern historians and archaeologists for many years. The Incas built a large, tightly controlled empire that stretched across vast regions of South America. The Inca nation contributed greatly to the political stability of the area and developed a unique culture which continues to impact the world till today.
The fascination with precious stones extends through every era of history and encompasses every society on earth. Archaeologists have found caches of gems in archaeological sites that date back to pre-historic times. The Greeks considered some gems to be the “tears of the gods” while the Romans regarded them as splinters of falling stars that needed to be closely guarded. Pearls have been used as currency in various lands and worldwide, people in different cultures offered gems and precious stones to loved ones in order to cultivate affection and love.