This peridot and crystal choker with matching earrings combines sparkling gemstones with Swarovski crystals and gold. The result is sumptuous! The genuine AA grade peridot was cut into dainty beads from premium grade stones of wonderful intensity and clarity with very few inclusions. The beads have been expertly micro-faceted, and the glitter from these tiny gemstones is amazing. The jonquil hued Swarovski crystals feature a simplicity cut which captures and refracts the light. Trios of peridot alternate with Swarovski crystals, and tiny 12 KT gold beads separate the crystals. I interspersed the trios with the occasional solitary crystal as well as 14KT gold-filled corrugated twisted beads with an oval shape. The combination of gold, Swarovski crystals, and peridot creates the most marvelous sparkle! The design is completed with a gold vermeil toggle embellished with swirls and a rope pattern. The vermeil toggle is sterling silver which has been plated in 18 KT gold.
The earrings feature posts with gem quality stones held in 14 KT gold-filled bails. Pairs of peridot and trios of Swarovski crystals are suspended from the posts, allowing them to sway and sparkle in the light. The earrings measure 1 ½ inches from the piercing, and the choker measures 17 ¾ inches in length.
Peridot is such a special stone! Most gemstones are created in the earth’s crust, but peridot forms 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. Apparently pirates also held peridot in high regard. Peridot is considered a healing stone as well as providing protection from danger and negative emotions. The design of this necklace and earring combination merges the fabulous sparkle of Swarovski crystals with the elegance of gemstones. The result is simply luxurious!
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