Peridot is August's birthstone and the 15th anniversary gemstone. Peridot can be pure grass green to a yellowish-green. In history it has been confused with emeralds like the 200-ct. gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy King's in Germany's Cologne Cathedral. Or even Cleopatra's famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot according to some historians. Peridot was mined by the ancient Egyptians on the Red Sea island of Zabargad. They called it the "gem of the sun." Some Peridot is found in meteorites but most peridot used in jewelry was formed deep inside the earth and was delivered to the surface by volcanoes. Peridot is mined in Myanmar or the Himalayas but also here in the United States in Arizona. In 2005, Peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe.
Ancient Roman Glass Jewelry
This jewelry collection includes over two thousand year old Roman glass that has been excavated in Israel. These fragments of glass are witness to the ingenuity and revolutionary glass blowing techniques of the Romans. Romans used glass primarily for vessels and was made by cast which took a lot of time. But during the 1st century AD, glass was being made by blowing in a blow pipe an inflating molten glass into a bubble. Glass production became faster and more vessels were being made. In excavated Roman glass you find the element of nature and the centuries of chemical processes has bestowed a rainbow patina on the surface of each piece of glass. This collection is handmade with sterling silver in Israel and comes with a certificate of authenticity.View More
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