Have a fabulous Friday!

Have a lovely and fabulous Friday!  It’s extra fitting that we’re doing a quote about love written by half of a famous couple, because our very own Roxy has just gotten engaged! Lots of love to you Roxy!

Zelda Fitzgerald on the heart

Peridot: August Birthstone

Happy birthday to all of you fabulous August babies.  Your birthstone is the appropriately summery peridot, a light green gemstone evocative of dappled summer foliage and citrusy limes.

Peridot is the gemstone variety of the mineral olivine.  It gets its colour from iron, and the more iron is present, the deeper the green.  It has an average hardness of 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs scale, making it sturdy enough for the wear and tear of jewellery.

Peridot develops crystals deep within the earth’s crust and is brought to the surface during volcanic activity. In Hawaii, peridot is known as Pele’s tears, named after the goddess of fire and volcanoes. It can also be found in meteorites, though these are extremely rare and not likely to be found in jewellery.

The first known use of peridot dates back to ancient Egypt, from gems mined on a volcanic island in the Red Sea.  This was the only ancient source of peridot, and has now been exhausted.

These days, most peridot is mined in Arizona, Kashmir and China.  It can also be found in Hawaii, as well as Myanmar, Australia, Norway, South Africa, and Brazil.

Peridot is used as a soothing stone and is reputed to protect against negative emotions.

Have an August birthday to shop for?  Click here for some great gift ideas!

Peridot tree of life pendant

Birthday bling – custom designs for family

This past weekend I helped my mom and sister celebrate their birthdays.  Since their birthdays are only three days apart we tend to only have one event for them both.  We had a lovely birthday barbecue, and some relaxing family time.  The nieces had a great time running around the yard and giggling.  🙂

One of the fun things about making jewellery is being able to craft some extra special gifts.  My sister tends to wear funky jewellery, so I started with a blister pearl pendant.  It’s pretty and eye-catching all by itself so I didn’t want to put something with it that would detract from it.  I chose some Amazonite tubes and simple silver glass bead spacers, and I think it turned out quite well.

My mom favours more delicate, understated jewellery.  I wanted to do something simple that would have a good pop of colour.  I went with some tiny peridot coin beads, lovely for this time of year.  I went with a split-strand necklace style, attaching the beads to some fine silver-filled chain.  This is my first time trying this style of necklace and I like it very much.  I think I’ll be doing more split-strand designs in the future.

-Robyn

What do you think about these designs?  Which one is your favourite?  Let us know below!

Birthday Bling

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