by Mette O'Connor

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  • Peridot - August birthstone


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    Peridot occurs in an olive green colour, depending on the iron content in the crystal structure in can vary in shades.  It is made up of Magnesium iron silicate and has a Mohs' hardness of 6.5 -7 meaning it would take a steel file to scratch it.

    Peridots can be found in Egypt, China, Burma, Brazil, Hawaii, USA, Australia, South Africa and Norway.  It also has a high birefringence (meaning the ray of light passing through it is broken in a number of rays), thus making it very easy to see the facets in the larger stones.

    Peridot was often used in ecclesiastical pieces and was most popular in the baroque period, it was thought to be brought to Europe by the crusaders in the middle ages.  It looks great with gold or silver but particularly well set in gold.

     

    IMG_1138  5/3 wrap ring 925 with peridotSilver & peridot earrings

    These are just a few samples of what we can do.


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