Peridot – Stone of the Month

Bright green peridot is the perfect stone for your summer wardrobe and one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an bright olive green. The vivacity and hue of the green, depends on how much iron is in the chemical make-up of the mineral. The color of the gems can vary from yellow-to lime-to olive-to brownish-green. The most valued color is a dark olive-green.

Green is the color of life, growth, balance and healing so the peridot was used frequently all over the ancient world and has become very popular again in modernity. It was used in Egyptian jewelry as far back as the early 2nd millennium B.C by high priests to guard against jealousy. The ancient Romans were also fond of this gem to relieve depression because of its green radiance, which doesn’t diminish even in unnatural light.

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Peridots can be found all over the world and only comes in one color: various shades of green. The most beautiful ones are found on the border or Pakistan and Afghanistan and in Myanmar. The largest cut peridot is a 310 carat (62 g) stone which is housed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

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New Year, New Excitement

Happy New Year everybody!

I know I am a “little” late, but I am sure you will all forgive me once you hear my exciting news! I’ve been really busy this January because beginning February (so today!!!), my collaborative collection for Mark Shale is debuting. It is a mix of my classic pieces all specifically customized for Mark Shale, and you should definitely take a look at one of the stores… who knows, you might find something you like!

I really enjoyed this collaboration and I hope it is the start of a long relationship. The reason I enjoyed it so much is that Mark Shale has a very similar take on Art and Fashion, and just like me they deeply care about high quality craftsmanship for each piece.

My personal favorite from the collection is the customized comet cluster pendant… we gave this classic an update by adding a moonstone and a hematite. The result is simple and elegant. I also found some rose-cut labradorite for the large comet dangle pieces, which are just gorgeous!

I can’t wait to see my work at 900 N. Michigan Ave., Northbrook Court and Oakbrook Center. If you want to learn more about Mark Shale and their store locations, please click here.