Peridot

I gave a lecture on Peridot to my students today.  I love Peridot, the evening emerald. When you know that they are the only gemstone that comes from outer space, that they are only green because of the iron content and that they ‘glow’ at twilight…and are somewhat affordable.  The largest peridot mine is located in the United States at the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona.  It makes me sad that the Native Americans who live there can make more money working in the casino.

Joan is wearing a necklace and earrings were by archduchess Isabella part of a set that dates from the 1820s and is attributed to Kochert, court jeweler to the sprawling Habsburg family in Austria. Amazing Peridot!

 

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