Archive for the ‘Jewelry Essentials’ Category
Gemstone jewelry forms a fine center peice to any collection. And until recently, the gemstone of choice would probably be a classic precious gemstone, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and to a lesser extent semi-precious amethysts, garnets and opals. And although these gemstones are still much sought after, women are increasingly seeking to add the more unusual gemstones to their fine jewelry collections.
One such gemstone is peridot.
Pronounced “pair-ee-doh”, peridot was popular in early Greek and Roman jewelry. In fact Cleopatra’s renowned “emerald” collection is now thought to have been mostly comprised of peridot gemset jewelry!
Peridots are surrounded by myth, lore and legend! Different peoples through time have believed they have the power to cure asthma, reduce fever and increase the potency of medicines. Such fabled powers probably come from the more unusal sources of peridots.
Peridot is a mined gemstone on Earth, where it is found in Tanzania, Kenya , South Africa and elsewhere. However, it is also found in extraterrestrial meteorites! Known as pallasites, some meteor peridot has been facetted for fine jewelry!
Peridot is August’s gemstone and ranges from warm lime greens to rich grass greens and from light yellow-green to deep olive. Its sunlit citrus glows has come to symolize warmth and charity.
Pearl jewelry is undergoing a fashion revival and is becoming increasingly popular again. And although some would argue that it has never really gone out of fashion, the pearl jewelry of even a decade ago was principally white, and mostly round. Today this is just not the case. Nowadays, pearls. There are so many shapes too! Rondels, elongated and naturally shaped baroques are all widely available!
Women love to co-ordinate their clothes with their accessories. Pearls are ideally suited to do this because these days they range from black to gray, silver, gold, and all the pastel shades from peach to pink and lilac. And although many of these colors form naturally according to the mollusc species which made them, pearls can be skilfully dyed to meet demand for a certain color as necessary!
Pearl stud earrings have always been popular, but now they are available in shades of pink, lilac, peach and chocolate, gray and black pearls, as well as white. And the recent popularity of white gold jewelry has meant that many more settings are in white gold so your choice of pearl stud earrings is probably the widest it has ever been. And thanks to Hollywood A Listers, pearl chandelier earrings are also available in a range of colors too!
Pearl necklaces and pearl chokers and strings too have evolved with the demand for different pearl colors. Today you can easily find affordable chocolate pearl strings, black pearl chokers and all the soft pastel shades of peach, pink and lilac pearls. You can choose from a 16 inch collar style, or a more elegant 18 inch length. Whatever you choose, the eye catching colors attract a lot of compliments! And who doesn’t want that?
Pearl stud earrings and a pearl necklace are jewelry staple pieces. With new pearl colors and the sky high prices of gold right now, there has never been a better time to add one of these jewelry essentials to your fine jewelry wardrobe.