February 2016 Newsletter

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the Mineral Olivine

Peridot is a jewel quality version of the mineral olivine. The gem is most famous for its verdant hues, which range from brownish or yellowish green to saturated green and lime yellow . Read More

Peridot History 

The beautiful, shimmering, pale green peridot is associated with a history that is not just intriguing but which dates back to as early as 1500 B.C., making it one of the world's oldest known gemstone. The tiny Egyptian, St. John's Island (now referred to as the Egyptian Island of Zabargard) in the Red Sea was documented to be the only ancient source of the gemstone. Read More


Peridot Facts

What makes peridot uniquely stunning is its fresh lime green color. Being a gem-quality variety of olivine, which belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series, Peridot is an idiochromatic gem, which implies that the color is the outcome of the basic chemical composition of the mineral itself. It is for this reason that the color of Peridot is green, though the tone of green may vary from being light yellowish to dark brownish-green.   Read More

Peridot Lore

In addition to a fascinating history, the gemstone also boasts of having great healing properties. Apart from protecting the wearer against evil spirits and negativities of life, the stone apparently has a great relaxing and stress reduction properties. It can also be used to treat asthma. The wearer attains peace of mind and is protected against nightmares.  Read More

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Since 1976 I have been Designing and Creating Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry. I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the most talented and educated gemstone cutters throughout the world. The sourcing of these gemstones is one of the many facets in the process of creating and executing Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry. This extensive network enables us to find the desired gemstone whether it is a unique Semi-precious Gemstone, a brilliant Ruby or Sapphire or a diamond no matter the size. We respect any and all requests irrespective of size or budget.
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