Jewelry by Design

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Peridot, The Space Gem

BirthstonesTammy Nelson

Peridot is easily a favorite gem here at JBD - it’s one of the birthstones for the month of August as well as the gemstone for 16th wedding anniversaries! Peridot is certainly a gem of celebration that fits perfectly in this warm summer month.

The highest quality peridot is often a pure grass green, making us here at JBD think of long Alabama summer days spent out in the sunshine. Peridot can have a more yellowish green hue, historically making it easier to confuse with topaz or emerald. In ancient times, peridot was mined by Egyptians on Zabargad, an island in the Red Sea. These ancient Egyptians appropriately nicknamed peridot “the gem of the sun”!

These days, Mayanmar (formerly Burma), China, Pakistan, and the United States are the most productive sources of peridot. Arizona specifically is our main source for peridot here in the U.S.

We have stunning peridot rings in a variety of shapes and sizes! They are so brilliant with their vibrant, summery green hues.

We have stunning peridot rings in a variety of shapes and sizes! They are so brilliant with their vibrant, summery green hues.

But here’s the big question - what makes peridot so spacey and special?! Well, it was actually found in comet dust brought back by the space probe Stardust in 1999… Not to mention it’s also found in pallasite meteorites! Pallasite meteorites are stony iron meteorites made of iron and olivine silicate (the mineral Peridot comes from). The last observed fall of one of these meteorites was in 1981, but the meteorite wasn’t recovered until 1990! It was named Omolon and weighed around 550 pounds. Peridot is totally out of this world - but it’s in our store today! Stop by so we can show you our beautiful peridot pieces - or come in with your own unique idea and we’ll bring it to life!

All of the information in this article came from the Gemological Institute of America and The Meteoritical Society. Our master jeweler, Mr. Mark Nelson, is G.I.A. graduate diamond expert. We are proud to be associated with such a fine institute!

The Must Haves

Tammy Nelson

Sometimes, going back to the basics is all your wardrobe needs! When you’re not too sure what wear, having a few standard, go-to pieces in your jewelry box can be a lifesaver. Here at Jewelry by Design, we’ve got some great options! Here’s a handy guide for our recommended MUST haves!

Some of the most important pieces you can keep in your jewelry box are timeless classics like gold hoops, pearls, and diamond studs.

Gold hoops, pearls, and diamond studs… oh my! Lovely, standard pieces to keep in your jewelry box year round.

Gold hoops, pearls, and diamond studs… oh my! Lovely, standard pieces to keep in your jewelry box year round.

First, gold hoops - whatever size you prefer, they’ll always be there for you. They can help dress an outfit up in a heartbeat, elevating your look to the perfect amount of glam. Whether you’re a classic yellow gold lover, or more interested in some white gold or rose gold options - hoops could be the perfect match for your look! Something real, elegant, and sophisticated that will serve you well for years to come.

Next, pearls. Nothing says classy quite like pearls do! We’ve got pearl necklaces in several sizes - whether you want a larger pearl or a more delicate look, the perfect pearls will last a lifetime. Wear your pearls with some matching earrings as you own the night in a classic little black dress, or take your elegance to work like the boss you are! (Care tip: Don’t let your pearls mingle with your jewelry cleaner - pearls and other porous stones can easily be dulled and damaged.)

Like pearls, diamonds go with everything! Grab some diamond studs for a great everyday go-to. A lovely diamond necklace can complete the look, adding a simple elegance to your daily wear. There’s nothing better than having the perfect amount of sparkle!

Last but certainly not least, a little bling for your hands! This is where individuality can really shine. A little something special can help make you feel unique and confident - maybe a ring with your birthstone, or a simple and elegant bracelet designed by YOU! Something that fits your personality, to seal your signature look.

Whatever your style is, we can find something for you. At Jewelry by Design, we can hand craft something perfect for YOUR personality! Got an idea for a piece? We can make it a reality! Let our talented team work with you to make something truly special. With three full time jewelers and a full manufacturing facility in store, your pieces stay with us from start to finish. Stop by today!