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Adjustable cut ring made in 950 silver of high purity with an oval shaped polished cabochon of Aquamarine, 20 x 16 mm and an intense deep blue coloration.  The setting of the stone is with case and bezel clasp, protecting the stone and concentrating its coloration.

Pendant of 31 x 31 mm, made in 950 silver of high purity. This beautiful and delicate pendant is completely handmade with a 15 x 11 mm oval shaped polished Larimar cabochon. The shape of the pendant is simulating an eye, where the stone is the central part of the pendant.

Hoops of 33 x 11 mm made in 950 silver of high purity, with carnelian agate of 12 x 10 mm set in a silver box with bezel clasp. These beautiful stones hang with movement from a silver drop.

Ring size N°19 made in 950 silver with 2 ruby stones in different sizes. It has a polished cabochon of 12 x 10 mm set in a case with a bezel clasp, and a faceted oval shaped ruby of 8 x 6 mm set with taps perpendicular to the previous one. Although both rubies are deep red in color, you can see the difference in tone due to the cut of the stone.

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Characterized by a very intense green color reminiscent of olives (hence it is also known as a variety of Olivine, which is found in volcanic bombs), Peridot has often been confused with Emeralds. In fact, it has recently been discovered that many of the gemstones in ancient royal treasures and jewelry that were thought to be Emeralds are actually this more yellowish green volcanic variety.

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The great beauty of this gemstone from the Olivine family allows for the creation of exceptionally elegant and sophisticated jewelry, such as this 18K White Gold ring, which includes three rows of brilliant-cut Diamonds flanking a large 9 carat Peridot on both sides, a model made in Anna Maldonado’s jewelry workshop in Barcelona.

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Today we are going to travel to the volcanic islands of Gran Canaria, specifically to Lanzarote, to talk about the gem variety of the mineral species called olivine: Peridot. This beautiful stone comes in various shades of olive green, yellowish green or reddish.

Would you like to know everything about this precious gemstone? Do not miss this article where we will delve into its composition, the different varieties and qualities, its history and significance. Finally we will talk about the possible fakes or syntheses found in the market and how we could differentiate them at a given time.

*The term olivine is actually applied to a whole series of solid solution between two extremes: it is formed by an isomorphous mixture of fayalite and forsterite, its two extreme species, ferrous and magnesian.

The ancient Egyptians collected these stones from St. John’s Island in the Red Sea, the largest source of Peridot found in museums around the world. The Egyptians named this stone “jewel of the sun” because of its beautiful olive green color.

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The name peridot is derived from the Arabic word “faridat” for gemstone. It is also called chrysolite (derived from the Greek word “χρυσόλιθος” (chrysólithos, golden stone) and olivine, because of its color and membership in the olivine group.

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The ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, the source of many of the great fine peridot in the world’s museums. The Egyptians called it the “jewel of the sun.” Today this gem is still prized for its yellowish-green hues.

Peridot is mentioned in the Bible under the Hebrew name “pitdah.” Peridot gems along with other gems were used in the legendary breastplates of the Jewish high priests, artifacts that are still sought after today. Legend has it that peridot was Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone. The Crusaders brought peridot to Central Europe where it is found in many medieval churches, such as the Cologne Cathedral. In the Baroque era, the deep green gemstone experienced another short period of prosperity, before being forgotten again.

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