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How To Shop For a Genuine Peridot


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What Is Peridot?

Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral Olivine. It is also known as chrysolite.

In its rough unworked form, olivine is a dark oily green. Peridot varies in colour from yellow through limey green to brownish green.

It's chemical structure is magnesium iron silicate. The level of iron in the gem dictates how brown it is. The most prized peridots are rich deep green colour.

Uncut peridots - cabochons - are opaque and cloudy whereas the faceted stones are clear and brilliant. More on this below.

What To Expect From a Genuine Peridot.

The first thing to notice is the peridot's size.
If what you are looking at is large i.e. more than 2cms on one side, then it is quite a rare gemstone. Most faceted peridots are small stones i.e. well under 2cms.

Check the clarity of the peridot.
If your peridot is completely eye clean, with no visible inclusions then the price tag should be eye watering.

Many peridots have visible inclusions. These are fascinating to the gemmologist and also revealing about the provenance of the particular gemstone. Alien minerals inside the host can pinpoint the area a particular gemstone was mined or the temperatures from which the rocks cooled. Synthetic gemstones are usually flawless and lack this personality. Many peridots contain inclusions that look like water lily leaves. Occasionally you will see tiny bubbles in a synthetic gem.

And now for the brilliance. 
Peridot has a wonderful oily lustre. When faceted it is strongly doubly refractive. This means that when you look into the peridot, the faceted edges will appear doubled.

Other Peridot Facts

Peridot is the birthstone for August
Peridot can be found in Egypt, Myanmar, Norway, Arizona, Canary Islands, Australia and South Africa.
Rare and priceless large peridots of more than 200 carats can be seen adorning the shrine of the three magi in Cologne Cathedral.

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Silver Chain Lengths


One of the most frequently asked questions is, "What length chain do I need?"


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We are all different shapes and sizes so it's not surprising when faced with a choice of 14" to 40" lengths, many people don't know where to start.

Fashions go up and down so some years a choker is the thing to wear and others, a belly skimmer is the must have.

Consult our guide to choosing the right length chain and get it right first time.

Once you know the length you need, it's time to shop for your silver chain!


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Why Does Sterling Silver Tarnish?


What Is Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper alloy.
A higher ratio of silver makes this precious metal too soft to wear or use although 99% silver is available for specialist products.

All sterling silver jewellery is 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper.


Have you ever wanted to know what makes your sterling silver dull or even go black?

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All sterling silver will tarnish over time.
This is a feature of the precious metal and happens when sterling silver is exposed to the air.
Moisture and acidic body oils, cosmetics, perfume and hair sprays will all accelerate the process.

To find out more see our Jewellery Care Guide.

Wearing Sterling Silver.

The attraction of sterling silver is its brightness and shine and its ability to be moulded and fashioned into just about any design. It's also affordable and much cheaper than other precious metal alternatives.
It will scratch easily as it is a relatively soft metal.
This precious metal gives a lot and in return we should respect its needs and be circumspect about when we shouldn't wear it.

For example, don't wear your lovely jewellery when cleaning, gardening, taking part in sports, swimming in chlorinated water, sunbathing, showering etc. All these activities introduce chemicals, cosmetics and rough wear conditions which will spoil your jewellery. 

Storing Silver Jewellery.

Prevent premature tarnishing by storing your silver jewellery in individual airtight bags. Each piece needs its own bag to prevent rubbing together and scratching.

Cleaning Silver Jewellery.


Mild soapy, warm water and a soft baby toothbrush is the first line of defence. Rinse and dry with a soft lint free cloth.
If tarnishing persists, use a jewellery polishing cloth. These are impregnated with a silver cleaning agent.
Other recommended products include jewellers' rouge and Silvo wadding - old fashioned but great!



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Jewellery To Sparkle In The Sun


Sparkle Jewellery


When the sun shines, our skin warms and a glass or prosecco feels like a great idea, the ideal jewellery to wear is sparkling silver jewellery.

Silver jewellery can sparkle in many ways.

Diamond Cut Silver Chains, Necklaces and Bracelets.


Diamond cutting adds wonderful sparkle to silver chains and silver chain necklaces and silver chain bracelets. As the sun shines on the chain, it reflects of the many sides created by the cutting and glitters. For great examples see our collection of diamond cut chains.

Cubic Zirconia Jewellery


Adding cubic zirconia to silver jewellery also adds sparkle. These are man made gems that resemble diamonds but at a bare fraction of the price. White cubic zircons are the fake diamonds. We also stock black cubic zirconia jewellery.
Our collection includes earrings and tennis bracelets.
See our cubic zirconia jewellery

Crystal Mesh Jewellery


Another way of adding sparkle to silver jewellery is to enmesh crystal, such as Swarovski crystal, into the silver. This kind of sparkle is a little different as it splits the light into the colours of the rainbow. It's always fabulous and looks spectacular in certain light conditions.
See our crystal mesh jewellery.


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Created On  25 May 2017 16:12  -  Permalink
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New For Easter - Brilliant Silver Chain Necklaces


Silver Chain Necklaces


Silver Chain Necklaces, Silver Ball Chains, Silver Link Chains and Silver Bracelets

New for Easter, we have hand selected these fabulous gleaming silver chain necklaces all with matching silver bracelets.
Designed and manufactured in Italy, the styles featured above are, from left to right -

Sterling silver balls necklace

17mm sterling silver chunky links chain

Sterling silver plaited mesh and balls bracelet

12mm silver ball chain

6mm silver popcorn chain


Sterling silver is a joy to wear.
The shine and gleam add light to an outfit and light up your face. Silver will go with everything in your wardrobe and can be a discreet sliver of silver or a bold statement silver necklace designed to take centre stage.

Treat yourself or your loved ones and shop for an Easter gift with no calories attached!


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Popcorn Chains


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Introducing our latest acquisition to our Italian silver chains collection - the popcorn chain.


It's fun to wear and looks so good, just sit back and wait for the complements to roll in.

Made by wrapping ball chain into a fluid necklace, round in profile and with spectacular texture, this is a unique design.

See the entire collection of popcorn necklaces and team up with a matching popcorn bracelet.


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Created On  27 Mar 2017 11:41  -  Permalink
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