Beading and jewelry have been a big part of my blog lately. I have loved beads for as long as I can remember. When I was a girl, I had a neat little bead necklace with a beaded doll pendant. Mine was a lot like this one but had more blues and reds in it. I wish I still had that little bead doll 🙂
When I was in high school, I bought some plastic beads at the craft store just because I liked them. And in college I found this neat store called Bryson’s Rock Shop. I don’t remember if they carried beads but there were bins and bins full of gemstones and pretty rocks. There were shelves of fascinating geodes and marble pieces. I need to find my way back to that store soon 😉
Yesterday, Dave from Rings n Things was talking about peridot. Back in college, I picked up a little bit of peridot from the rock shop. I put it inside this little wire cage (also from the rock shop) and wore it as a necklace.
The gemstone for August is… yep, peridot. Peridot is a very old gemstone. It has been found in ancient Egyptian jewelry. It has been nicknamed the emerald of the evening because of it’s radiant green shine. My peridot is unpolished and just small stones but I’m very fond of them anyway. This tiny collection is all that remains of the scoop I bought in college. Some have been lost by my little ones and some have been given to elementary school children at a show and teach 🙂 These few little stones that remain are not very valuable in the gemstone sense but they have a nostalgic value to me. Now they hang on my keychain and I can’t help but smile when they catch my eye.
Have a great day!