IDENTITY - Gypsies were first known in Western Europe as nobility, kings and counts who had traveled from Little Egypt. Initially referred to as Egyptians, eventually shortened to 'Gyptians, and eventually "Gypsies." Many prefer to be called Rom or Roma, nothing to do with Romania but a term meaning "man."
LOVE - How to say "I love you" in Romani: Kahm-ahf-toot
SOCIAL PASSPORT - Gypsies traveled during the fifteenth century with "safe conduct papers" issued by Sigismund, King of Hungary. They claimed to be pilgrims on a seven-year penitential journey out of Little Egypt.
CURRENT POPULATION - 10-12 million, located all over the world, with significant numbers in the Balkan peninsula, Soviet Union, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa
EMERALD SILK - Jewelers identify emeralds by their hardness and color. Its green color is caused by minute traces of chromium. Emeralds sometimes contain feather-like material, often called silk, called by some a flaw, admired by others as unique properties of the stone. EMERALD SILK events occur in 1448 at a Somerset horse fair, at the Cerne Monastery, and on an island in England's Poole Harbor.
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