August Birthstone – Peridot
Peridot – August Birthstone
and for the 16th wedding anniversary
Peridot is also known as “evening emerald.” Ancient Egyptians believed peridot held healing properties and would guard against evils and reveal the insights of others through its magical power. Cleopatra thought she was wearing emeralds but, archeological evidence indicates that those emeralds were in fact peridots!
The word peridot is derived from the Arabic word ”faridat” which means “gem.” The Egyptians referred to it as the “gem of the sun” as it can appear a golden green. It was believed that wearing peridot would bring happiness and attract love.
The emerald looking shade of green peridot has been found in Egypt and Burma. Historically, some of the finest and largest gem peridot was found in Burma, now known as Myanmar, and a small island in the Red Sea, Zabargad, now known as St. Johns, which is a known source for some of the finest peridots available today.
Arizona Peridot Mine
One of the worlds’ top producing peridot mines today is located in Arizona on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The source is thought to be from a volcanic eruption which occurred over 2.5 million years ago. Arizona peridots range in color from yellowish green to deep rich olive green. Sizes can range from small melee to three carats and even larger gem crystals have been found. One of largest gem peridot found in this region weighed in at 34.65 carats!
Tuesday: Noon to 5:00
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Saturday 10 to 12:00 *and by appointment
**Special Hours: Friday, October 20th 10-4:00
**CLOSED Saturday, October 21st
We recommend appointments for custom design and appraisals.
As always, we remain committed to providing jewelry and watch repair services in a timely manner and MOST repairs can be completed in less than one week. We can replace watch batteries while you wait (if not too busy) or within one business day.
To schedule an appointment, please send your email request to: ViirInc@gmail.com -- we respond as quickly as possible to all emails. You may also leave a message at our store: 520-795-5496, and messages are checked on "store open" days.
If you have an estate or multiple items for appraisal or if you would like to create a custom design, we ask that you schedule an appointment so that we can give you our unhurried attention.
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Address: 2464 N. Campbell Avenue (Parking is available behind the building)
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Viir Fine Jewelry & Art
2464 N. Campbell Avenue
(Parking available behind building)