Peridot is an ancient gem of the mineral Olivine. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, with iron causing its yellowish-green color. It often occurs in volcanic rocks called basalts. The ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, the source for many fine peridots in museums, and called it the “gem of the sun.” It is the birthstone for August.
Moonstone is a mineral of the orthoclase feldspar group and is composed of potassium aluminum silicate. It is distinguished from similar stones by the presence of adularescence, which is the optical phenomenon that causes the glow on the surface of moonstone. This happens when light reflects off of the thin layers of feldspar minerals in the moonstone.
This necklace is made of 3mm faceted stones and is 18 inches long. The earrings are 2 inches long. The toggle clasp, wires, and beads are sterling silver.
This item is made by Carolyn George. Carolyn's complete collection is available at our Carrboro, North Carolina store. To see more of her items available online, click here.