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Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Sale price £34.00 Regular price £37.00

This ring features a pear-cut Peridot. It is made by hand, and it will take about 7 days to finish the ring after your payment is completed. 

Available in a size N, and sizeable.

Like its colour rival Emerald, Peridot often has inclusions which can be caused by the presence of small particles of Silica; occasionally you will find needle-like inclusions which are commonly referred to as Ludwig needles. It is also a brittle gemstone with strong cleavage; these qualities mean that the Lapidarist must be sure to take extra care while faceting this gem. The gem is the only famous member of the Olivine mineral family,  which is a  species of magnesium-rich silicate minerals.

With the discovery of America and the plundering of Silver by the Spanish conquistadors, Central and South America became the dominant producers of Silver until around the beginning of the 18th century, particularly Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina: the last of these countries later took its name from that of the metal that composed so much of its mineral wealth. As one historian put it, Silver "went round the world and made the world go round."  A Portuguese merchant in 1621 noted that Silver "wanders throughout all the world... before flocking to China, where it remains as if at its natural centre." "New World mines," concluded several historians, "supported the Spanish empire."  Poland emerged as an important producer during the 1970s after the discovery of copper deposits that were rich in Silver, before the centre of production returned to the Americas the following decade.

The Triquetra design is used as a religious symbol adapted from ancient Pagan Celtic images by Christianity, as is common in Christianity. It is similar to Odin's symbol, the valknut.

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