This enchanting necklace combines a sterling silver Claddagh pendant, fabulous faceted peridot, and Swarovski crystals to create a necklace imbued with love and light. The 925 silver Claddagh pendant incorporates the traditional design of two hands holding a heart with a crown above the heart. The Claddagh is suspended from a bright silver-colored chain with stylized diamond shapes.
To add pizzazz, I alternated sections of chain with trios of sparkling beads. The segments include pairs of genuine AA faceted peridot and jonquil colored Swarovski crystals. The peridot adds a sense of light and liveliness and the Swarovski contributes to the sparkle. The result is luscious! A toggle embellished with an enameled yellow flower with green leaves completes the design.
Each of the earrings includes a pair of the peridot and a Swarovski crystal. They are suspended from silver-plate French style earwires and measure 1 ¾ inches from the piercing. The necklace measures 19 ¼ inches in length, and the Claddagh measures 1 1/8 inches. The Claddagh originated in the Irish village of Claddagh, and it is a deeply significant symbol of love. The hands represent friendship and trust, the heart stands for love, and the crown represents loyalty and fidelity.
Peridot is also a unique and special stone. Most gemstones are created in the earth’s crust, but peridot is created deep in the earth under pressure and high temperatures. It has been a favored gemstone through time and is the August birthstone. Historically it is believed to have been the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra as well as pirates. In ancient times peridot was considered a healing stone as well as providing protection from danger and negative emotions. The design of this necklace is elegant in its simplicity and rich in symbolism.
OOAK with genuine AA faceted peridot