Happy New Year! Something about this season is always so exciting for me. I love the idea of a fresh start. The energy I've put into planning for 2017 feels so good! In the studio are lots of drawings for new jewelry designs that include gemstones. Even Pantone's Color of the Year "Greenery" seems to be focused on a fresh beginning. The shade is found in newly emerging foliage and one of my favorite gemstones, Peridot!
About Peridot, did you know that over 80% of the crystals mined for jewelry come from Arizona? This beautiful gem is mined in an area called Peridot Mesa on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Also known as Olivine, Peridot comes in shades of brown, deep olive and the bright grassy green that is my favorite hue. This is truly an American original gem. Another source for Peridot is outer space, found in large meteors. This variety is rare and large sizes even more rase as the material is often damaged with lots of cracks from impact. The celestial variety is called Pallaside Peridot. Both types of the gem will be making it into new jewelry designs in my collection soon!
In the natural daylight of my studio I took this snap shot of Arizona Peridot and Pallaside Peridot paired with some beautiful Lapis. From the deep flawless natural blue pear shapes to the round cabochon with sparkling pyrite inclusions, these colors look stunning together! The six 3mm faceted trillion cuts at the top o f the image are the Pallaside of meteor origin. Their color is a slightly more golden hue the the Arizona gems.
This group of geometric and architectural stacking rings includes Peridot set in 14k gold and silver from my Metropolis Collection.
More information about Arizona Peridot can be found with this link: