by Mette O'Connor

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  • Peridot - August birthstone



    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.

  • Reuse, Recycle

    At AMOC we very often get asked to melt down old gold and use old stones to make new pieces of jewellery.  Whether its a piece that has great sentimental value or a piece that you don't wear any more we can remake it into a new item and can help you to come up with the best design.IMG_5012

    One of our customers came in recently with a number of pieces of old jewellery that she wasn't wearing any more.  A lot of the pieces she just wasn't wearing and they didn't see the light of day.  She wanted to create new pieces.

    We melted down her old items, its amazing what the gold looks like when its melted down!

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    Mette guided her through the process and she decided to get a floating diamond ring and a diamond pendant.  While the ring and pendant were being made she was invited back to see it and try it on to make sure that it suited.  Sometimes we will do a mock up in silver to get the shape right.


    We think the end result is stunning!Diamond pendant - emer hand






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