I hope all’s well…
As previously mentioned I’ve been taking a week out here and there this summer and on the whole I’ve been lucky with the weather as I caught up with some old friends, visited both my Mum and Father-in-law who live in West Sussex and Dorset respectively, and got a few of those never-ending DIY jobs done around the house 🙂 – but as they say a change is often as good as a rest.
So as we sail through the first few weeks’ of the holiday month of August, it reminded me that the Birthstone of the Month is the very summery green gemstone peridot, which I’m reliably informed is also aligned with the zodiac sign of Leo.
It’s believed that the Egyptians were the first people to mine this alluring golden-green gem on the volcanic Red Sea island of Topazios. The ancient Egyptians called peridot “the sun gem” believing it had fallen down from the skies and of course, anything associated with their Sun God Ra was very special to them.
Peridot is also frequently found in meteor craters, which might explain why you sometimes see it described as the extra-terrestrial gemstone. Generally it’s found in lava deposits, so it’s not surprising that it’s been written that Captain Cook reputedly spotted peridot glistening on the sea bed as he approached the shallow waters off the Volcanic Islands of Hawaii. Peridot is also found in other USA states, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, China, Pakistan, Myanmar and even Norway.
Most peridot gemstones seen in jewellery pieces are a beautiful gold/yellow green, quite distinct from those shades seen in Emeralds, Tsavorite Garnet or Chrome Diopside, although the gem can appear in a range of shades, from grass green to dark olive green.
We have some beautiful peridot pieces in stock at the moment including this amazing set that caught my eye:
At a great price we have a beautiful pendant on a 45cm (17.7″) necklace plus a pair of oval peridot earrings, all set in yellow gold vermeil over a heart of sterling silver.
There are many more designs to browse online at qvcuk.com.
I’ll be presenting a few Gardening Shows next weekend, which I love to do, and we’ll be focusing on getting ready for autumn. So with that most beautiful of seasons in mind, we have on Sunday (18th) a decorative Garden Lamp Post Today’s Special Value (TSV) from Luxform.
The design is more like the beautiful lamps you see on London bridges and has a flame effect LED in each of the three lamps. The lamps are solar powered, something Dutch-based Luxform are famous for and they “burn” with a fiery flickering orange flame effect.
I took a short video to demonstrate this (see below). It really is very atmospheric, ideal for creating a warming ambiance on those approaching autumnal evenings. The lamp post stands over five feet high and the main post and supporting bar have been crafted in metal for added stability. It’s also supplied with fixings to secure the base of the lamp post to your patio/decking/path etc.
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Until next time stay… stay glamorous and glowing 😉