These vintage earrings of genuine peridot and sterling silver are simply gorgeous. Each of the earrings feature six faceted A+ peridot of fabulous clarity. Three of the peridot on each earring are round, and three are a traditional marquis cut in graduated sizes with the largest measuring 9 mm. The long sterling silver settings curve slightly with the stones set on alternating sides. The earrings are suspended from sterling silver leverback earwires which sway slightly with movement, allowing the peridot to catch the light for maximum sparkle.
The earrings measure 2 3/8 inches from the piercing of the leverback earwire. They are in wonderful vintage condition, and I see no scratches or scuffs on the either stones or settings. The 925 sterling silver is clearly marked on both the settings and the leverbacks.
Peridot is 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. These fascinating properties are combined with a contemporary design which is both exquisite and elegant.
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