Job 28

Hero: “But where <span>sh</span>all wisdom be found? And where is the place of under<span>st</span>anding?”

'I have drawn great inspiration over the years from this ancient text. On my many journeys seeking out the purest sources of gemstones and precious metals, I have witnessed both the horror and heroics of the people and communities who strive to earn a daily crust, through delving deep into the earth for its treasures. The Prophet Job saw, some 3500 years ago, what I still witness today. There is something more precious than gold and it is called the pursuit of wisdom and the enactment of justice in the land. I aspire that every piece of Valerio Jewellery in some way achieves this in it's very creation'

Greg Valerio


Surely there is a mine for silver,
and a place for gold to be refined.

Iron is taken out of the earth,
and copper is smelted from ore.

Miners put an end to darkness,
and search out to the farthest bound
the ore in gloom and deep darkness.

They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation;
they are forgotten by travelers,
they sway suspended, remote from people.

As for the earth, out of it comes bread;
but underneath it is turned up as by fire.

Its stones are the place of sapphires,
and its dust contains gold.

“That path no bird of prey knows,
and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.

The proud wild animals have not trodden it;
the lion has not passed over it.

“They put their hand to the flinty rock,
and overturn mountains by the roots.

They cut out channels in the rocks,
and their eyes see every precious thing.

The sources of the rivers they probe;
hidden things they bring to light.

“But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?

Mortals do not know the way to it,
and it is not found in the land of the living.

The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’

It cannot be gotten for gold,
and silver cannot be weighed out as its price.

It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
in precious onyx or sapphire.

Gold and glass cannot equal it,
nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.

The chrysolite of Ethiopia cannot compare with it,
nor can it be valued in pure gold.