My blog has been a bit of a miss over the last couple of weeks because of some health issues but I aim to get it back on track now - starting with a post about the birthstone for August - the Peridot.
The Peridot has become very popular in recent years, but it is actually a very old gemstone used in Egyptian jewellery as early as the 2nd millennium BC. The ancient Romans too were fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine which does not change even in artificial light.
The Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in one colour only. The rich, green colour with the slight tinge of gold is caused by very fine traces of iron. The intensity of the colour depends on the amount of iron actually present. The colour itself can vary over all shades of yellowish green and olive, and even to a brownish green.
My Green Gemstone Charm Bracelet, pictured above, includes the gemstone Peridot.
Here is some more Peridot jewellery from some members of the JET team: