Inspired by a rock in found on a Cape Breton beach, I created this beautiful necklace. I cast the Sterling Silver over the rock and set Peridot gemstones in the unique silver surface. Then I used Peridot beads to give the pendant a nice green shine. This is a true nature piece. The Peridot necklace is 40 cm long and the gems measure 3 & 5 mm.
Mohs scale hardness: 6.5 – 7
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: green. The intensity and tint of the green depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual Peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green.
The August birthstone symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for it’s light green color. It was once believed that the green Peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. It is believed that the energies of this stone will infuse you with high intellect, fighting skills, and strategic thinking.
Peridot can be cleaned with most any commercial jewelry cleaner or plain soap and water using a soft brush. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.
Avoid sudden temperature changes. Peridot should never be cleaned with a steam cleaner or an ultrasonic cleaning machine.