This necklace was made with very large & scarce tear-drop peridots, as well as, faceted large nugget peridots. There are smaller faceted peridot tear-drops. It also has faceted & tear-drop citrines. The findings are gold vermeil : 18 Kt. gold over sterling. This necklace is beautiful & fabulous. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: basically an olive green. It is one stone that cannot be "treated" in any way. The intensity and tint of the green however depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow-green through olive green to brownish green. The most valuable is considered a dark-olive green color. This necklace has the quite perfect color of peridot. This is one of the most beautiful necklaces I ever made. The green cultured pearls are 7.22mm to 8 + mm. The gold findings are vermeil, which is 18 Kt. gold over sterling. The peridot beads are huge as most peridot are only 4-5 mm. When I made this necklace several years ago these large peridot beads would have cost $90.00/ strand but now would cost $400.00 to $800.00 per strand. These are the finest peridot beads to be had! The citrine beads are also fabulous. This necklace is very beautiful but also very valuable due to very expensive highest quality beads. One reason peridot got so high "says Gem shopping Channel" is because the mines in Africa were closed, due to disputes between owners. They said one owner killed the other. Most peridot comes out of Arizona now but it is not as "green" as African peridot. Peridot is completely natural as it cannot be "treated" by heat, as are most gemstones. Peridots of this quality are considered semi-precious. They are also faceted. This necklace is long and was complicated to make. It lies perfectly and looks very impressive when worn.
Length 22 inches Drop 2 inches
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