This multi-strand peridot necklace with sterling silver clasp is a must-have.
This necklace measures 16 inches in length.
You can view other Peridot jewelry items here, or Sterling Silver items here.
Peridot (PAIR-ee-doh), August's birthstone, is also known as Olivine and Chrysolite. The intensity of peridot's zesty lime green color is dependent upon the amount of iron within the stone. Peridot's perky color makes this stone a perfect compliment to bright summer fashions.
It is believed that peridot helps one gather wisdom from experiences, dissolves feelings of self-blame, lightens and gently releases stored up anger, brings out forgiveness of oneself, and balances the heart chakra.
It is said that the Queen Cleopatra's extensive "emerald" collection was actually a large collection of high quality peridot. Peridot was a wildly popular gem in the Baroque period, and is once again gaining in popularity.
For years, the United States was the largest producer of peridot, mining it in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii and New Mexico. However, China and Pakistan are now also competitors for the title of world's largest peridot producer. The gem is also found in Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Myanmar and Norway and has been mined from St John's Island in the Red Sea for more than 3,500 years.
Sterling silver is a white, highly reflective precious metal composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness and wearing qualities, as pure silver is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday.
At times, we oxidize or "antique" our finished sterling pieces to blacken the recessed areas, and then rub the rest of the piece to a high white shine. Oxidizing can give a piece of jewelry wonderful depth and rustic feel.