August Signature Designs Part 1: What You Need To Know – Cristy Cali

August Signature Designs Part 1: What You Need To Know

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Signature Beaded Gemstone Designs are individually hand-crafted by me, Cristy Cali! That's what sets this collection apart from the rest of my cast-jewelry.

Each month I release a small collection of Signature Beaded Gemstone Designs with limited availability focusing on 1 or more gemstones. This blog post explores the inspiration behind each design, metaphysical meanings of the gemstones and reveals inventory availability details. 

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This month I focus most of my attention on Peridot, August's most celebrated birthstone, along with complimentary gemstones such as Green Apatite and Garnets. 

 

As you will learn, Peridot has been the official birthstone of August since women were legally granted the right to vote. They may be found ranging from lime-green to olive-tones. Metaphysically, green gemstones in general are all connected to our heart energy centers. The frequency of these stones resonate with the vibration of expressing unconditional love towards others; which is not possible if we cannot do the same for ourselves. This is why you'll also see bits and pieces of rose quartz thrown into the mix because pink resonates with the frequency of self-love. 

Green Apatite and Green Garnets will also be found throughout this month's collection because I wanted to offer a variety of complimentary green gemstones. 

 

What Is Peridot?

Peridot is a gem-quality form of the mineral olivine. This material is also referred to as chrysolite. 

The gem is found primarily among rocks that were created by volcanoes and buried deep underground (igneous rocks), so wherever there are or were volcanoes, this mineral is likely to be found.

Large quantities of peridot are mined from the San Carlos reservation in Arizona as well as in Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and China. Peridot is also mined in large quantities in many other parts of the world like Pakistan and Kenya. Peridot that is mined in the U.S. is usually much smaller and lighter in color than the varieties from other locales. 

Some peridot specimens have been discovered in meteorites, though this finding is very rare.

 

History

Peridot is a French word that is derived from the Arabic word "faridat" meaning gem. The use of peridot in jewelry and other applications dates as far back as the ancient Egyptians from around 1500 B.C., making it one of the oldest gemstones. Egyptians referred to these green jewels as "gems of the sun." Back then the stones were mined on the Egyptian island Topazios which is now known as Zeberget. The stones were only mined at nighttime because it was believed they were not easily seen in daylight. Mining at night was also likely a result of the island being infested with snakes.

Throughout history, peridot jewels have been confused with emeralds. It was thought for a long time that the very large peridot jewels weighing more than 200 carats each adorning the Shrine of the Three Kings at the Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. Likewise, many people now believe that Cleopatra's famous "emerald" jewels were in fact peridot. Peridot has also been mistakenly referred to throughout history as topaz.

It is believed that Napoleon gave Josephine a peridot jewel as a symbol of his love for her.

According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridot has been the official birthstone of August along with sardonyx since 1912. 

 

Folklore

Some of the myths and legends surrounding peridot include these:

  • In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Hele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes. 
  • Romans referred to peridot as "evening emerald" because unlike the deep hues of emeralds, peridot gemstones did not darken at night and still shimmered under candlelight. 
  • Legend has it that peridot could ward off evil spirits.
  • Peridot is thought to aid in the success of marriage and other relationships. This may be because it is thought to encourage positive energy as well as suppress ego and jealousy. 

Source: The Spruce Crafts

 

Peridot Fun Facts

  • Peridot is one of the few gems that occurs in only one color, green! Shades range from lime to olive. The percentage of iron contained in the crystal structure determines the intensity and tint of the green.

  • Peridot is a gem-quality form of the mineral olivine.

  • Olivine is a very abundant mineral, but gem quality peridot is kind of rare.

  • Peridot has been the official August Birthstone since 1912.

  • Most gems are formed in the Earth's crust. The two exceptions are peridot and diamond. They're formed much deeper in the Earth; in the mantle.
    Peridot forms in magma in the upper mantle, about 20 to 55 miles deep. It is brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity.

  • Peridot has been found in some meteorites, making it one of the few gems known to exist outside of our solar system!

  • Peridot was first used as a talisman in the ancient world. It has a longstanding mystical reputation and was once thought to ward off anxiety.

  • It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient records documenting the mining of peridot from as early as 1500 B.C.

  • Way back in the day, it was used as a medical remedy. It was powdered to cure asthma and was held under the tongue to, supposedly, lessen the thirst of a person suffering from fever.

  • People in medieval times confused peridot with emerald. For centuries, people believed the fabulous 200-ct. gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. Nope, they're,  peridots.

       

      Source: KBeau Jewelry

       

      Peridot Associations

      Chakras Solar Plexus ChakraHeart Chakra
      Birthstone - August
      Zodiac GeminiLeoVirgoScorpioSagittarius
      Planet - Mercury
      Element - Earth
      Vibration - Numbers 5, 6 and 7
      Typical colours - Olive green, bottle green, yellowish-green
       

      Healing with Peridot

      ♥ Healing ♥ Renewal ♥ Purification ♥ Rebirth ♥ Growth ♥ Relaxation ♥ Comfort ♥ Intuition

      Peridot is a powerful cleanser.  It releases and neutralises toxins on all levels.  Alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite, bitterness, irritation, hatred and greed.  Reduces stress, anger and guilt.  Peridot opens our hearts to joy and new relationships.  It enhances confidence and assertion, motivating growth and change.  Sharpens and opens the mind to new levels of awareness.  Banishes lethargy, apathy and exhaustion.  Peridot enables you to take responsibility for your own life.

      Peridot strengthens the immune system, metabolism and benefits the skin.  It aids disorders of the heart, thymus, lungs, gallbladder, spleen and intestinal tract.  Treats ulcer and strengthens eyes.  Balances bipolar disorders and overcomes hypochondria.

      Source: Charms of Light

       

      What is Apatite?

      Apatite is a group of phosphate minerals.
       

      Apatite Associations

      Zodiac - Gemini
      Element - Air
      Vibration - Number 9
      Typical colours - Blue, grey, green, yellow (rare)
       

      Healing with Apatite

      ♥ Intellect ♥ Focus ♥ Learning ♥ Clarity of concentration ♥ Acceptance ♥ Unconditional Love ♥ Stimulates thoughts & ideas ♥ Communication ♥ Intellectual pursuits ♥ Peace and harmony ♥ Fights viruses

      Apatite is a stone of manifestation.  It is related to service and to humanitarian pursuits.  Apatite is attuned to the future, yet connects to past lives.  It stimulates the development of our psychic gifts and spiritual attunement, deepening meditation and aiding communication and self-expression on all levels.  It balances the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, and the chakras, eliminating overactivity and stimulating underactivity.

      Psychologically, Apatite increases motivation.  It draws off negativity about oneself and others.  It is helpful for hyperactivity and autism in children.  Apatite enhances creativity and the intellect.  It clears confusion and frustration, reducing irritability and awakening the inner self.  Apatite expands knowledge and truth and eases sorrow, apathy, and anger.

      Physically, Apatite aids in the absorption of calcium, helping cartilage, bones and teeth; healing bones and encouraging the formation of new cells.  It improves arthritis and joint problems.  Apatite can successfully help in suppressing hunger and raising the metabolic rate, encouraging healthy eating.  It heals the glands, meridians, organs and overcomes hypertension. 
       

      Colour Healing with Apatite

      In addition to the generic healing properties of Apatite, specific colours have additional attributes:

      Blue Apatite

      Chakra - Throat Chakra

      Blue Apatite opens the throat chakra.  It enhances communication in groups and facilitates public speaking.  It heals the heart and emotions.  Blue Apatite connects to a very high level of spiritual guidance.

      Source: Charms of Light

       

      Science & Origin of Green Garnet

      Green Garnet is an uncommon variety of Garnet that’s composed of aluminum and calcium, with possible traces of chromium and vanadium. When one of the latter two minerals are present, this mineral is usually referred to as “Tsavorite Garnet”. Within the 6 types of Garnets (Andradite, Grossular, Uvarovite, Pyrope, Almandite, Spessartite) only Grossular, Andradite, and Uvarovite can be seen as green. For most types, the color can range from a transparent light green to a dark green that can look almost black. The rarest variety of Green Garnet is the Demantoid Garnet, where finding a stone weighing more than 2 carats is extremely rare.

       

      Meaning & Energy

      A few chemical impurities within it are the only differences between Green and Red Garnet’s physical structure. These colors share the same properties and project very similar energies. One minor difference is the connection that Green Garnet has with your heart space. This stone helps one open themselves up to the world around them and better connect them to the ones they love. Happiness and joy may soon follow, with one turning their attention to their truest desires. Achieving those emotions will become a priority, as you will soon realize the importance of self-accomplishments. Garnet's natural manifesting and grounding ability make this a true power stone. One that is here to push you to take control of your life path and spiritual evolution.

      Source: The Crystal Council

       

       

      Pure Peridot Signature Stretchy Bracelet

      Cristy's Comments

      My Pure Peridot Stretchy Bracelet is made with perfectly imperfect round, organic-shaped peridot. The irregular shape of the stones make each bracelet incredibly unique; not to mention, slightly more challenging to strand on my part 😜 This is a definitely a must for stretchy-bracelet collectors!

       

      Details

      • 4mm organic smooth round peridot
      • Irregular "lime" green in color
      • Stretchy bracelet design
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

       

      Alligator Garnet Signature Stretchy Bracelet

      Cristy's Comments

      Did you know that the rarest color of garnet is green? My Alligator Garnet Stretchy Bracelet is made with 6mm smooth round green garnets. They aren’t really Alligator Garnets, but my Louisiana roots have inspired me to nickname them to pay tribute to the reptile I commonly saw on roads along the swamps on my way home when I used to live in St. Charles Parish. This is yet another must-have for stretchy-bracelet collectors.

       

      Details

      • 6mm smooth round green garnets
      • "olive" color green
      • Stretchy bracelet design
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

      Open Your Heart Jade Signature Stretchy Bracelet

      Cristy's Comments

      The Open Your Heart Jade Stretchy Bracelet features irregular, smooth tumbled pieces of Burma Jade ranging from light pastels, to evergreen and even brown-orange. According to legends, jade is a symbol of purity and serenity, signifying wisdom gathered in tranquility, and is associated with the 💚 heart chakra, it increases love and nurturing.

       

      Details

      • Approximately 6.5mm tumbled Burmanese Jade
      • Irregular in shape
      • Stretchy bracelet design
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

      Petite Peridot Classic Signature Bracelet 

      Cristy's Comments

      The Petite Peridot Classic Bracelet is the only clasped-peridot bracelet in this month's collection, which includes my signature sterling silver heart-shaped lobster clasp with several 1.8mm silver spacers in between high-quality faceted peridot rondelles. If you’re a fan of clasped-bracelets, then this one is for you!

       

      You Should Know

      Please allow 2-3 weeks to ship this item. Some stock has been made available to ship quickly; however, to allow opportunity for more buyers, additional quantities will made to order. The deadline to order this item is Sunday August 22nd, after which, no more orders will be accepted. Thank you for your understanding and appreciation for the handmade nature and limited availability of this design.

       

      Details

      • 4mm faceted peridot rondelles
      • Lobster-clasp, fixed length
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

      Power Peridot Signature Bar Necklace

      Cristy's Comments

      Metaphysically, peridot is known as a powerful cleanser of energy, which is what inspired the name of this next design. The Power Peridot Bar Necklace includes 6.5mm faceted rondelle peridot on a lovely silver link chain with even more peridot stones towards the ends. If you enjoy layering your necklaces, this would certainly make a powerful addition.

       

      Details

      • 6.5mm faceted peridot rondelles
      • Lobster clasp, fixed length
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

      Rosey Tears of Joy Signature Charm Necklace

      Cristy's Comments

      Peridot has been said to open our hearts to joy and new relationships. This is what inspired my Rosey Tears of Joy Charm Necklace. The heart chakra is associated with two colors – green and pink. Peridot is for outward expressions of love, while rose quartz represents inward expressions. Thus, Tears of Joy are internal emotions expressed outward.

       

      Details

      • 7x5mm faceted petal-cut peridot & rose quartz
      • 3.5 x 4.5mm sterling silver link chain
      • Lobster clasp, adjustable length up to end
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

      Greatest Potential Green Apatite Signature Necklace

      Cristy's Comments

      The Greatest Potential Green Apatite Necklace is crafted with 4mm faceted cube-cut green apatite ranging in colors from deep evergreen to ocean blues. Apatite is said to be a gemstone which inspires the wearer to show up in life as the greatest version of themselves. Like the universe, the human potential is truly limitless. This necklace is designed to remind the wearer to tap into their greatest potential each day, shining their light on others to inspire them to do the same for themselves.

       

      Details

      • 4mm faceted cube-cut shaded Green Apatite
      • Lobster clasp, fixed length
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

       

      Rose Petal Peridot Signature Necklace

       

      Cristy's Comments

      My Rose Petal Peridot Necklace is designed to make the wearer feel as if they were wearing a botanical necklace. The Rose Quartz symbolizes our love of self, while Peridot symbolizes our love and connection to one another. Anyone with a deep love and appreciation to plants and Mother Earth would absolutely adore this design!

       

      Details

      • 3mm faceted Peridot rondelles
      • 4x7mm faceted petal-cut rose quartz
      • Lobster clasp, fixed length
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

      10AK Intuitive Healing Cali Amulet Signature Tassel Necklace

       

      Cristy's Comments

      Out of all the pieces in this collection, my 1OAK Intuitive Healing Cali Amulet Tassel Necklace would likely be the most prized. At 20” in length, this lusciously long work of art incorporates graduated, faceted, cushion-cut lemon topaz; meaning the stones gradually increase in size from the center to the top. Like Peridot, Lemon Topaz is also known to inspire healing and regeneration to the wearer. This necklace is destined to be owned by someone who has a deep, sincere calling to heal and transform themselves so they can lead the way for others to continue in their own journey.

       

      Details

      • 4mm faceted Peridot rondelles
      • Graduated faceted diamond-cut Lemon Topaz
      • 2.4mm faceted peridot rounds on tassel
      • Lobster clasp, fixed length 20"
      • Sterling silver components
      • Crafted with love by Cristy Cali
      • Made in the USA
      • Includes signed & dated Certificate of Authenticity

       

      Inventory & Availability

      If a design in your desired size sells out, please take advantage of the Email Me When Available feature within the product pages. By expressing interest, not only do you encourage me to source more gemstones to create more stock, but you also help me adequately plan to create the exact amount needed to meet the interest expressed. This prevents me from over or under-buying materials. 

      Prices are subject to change without notice, as gemstones in the same, or greater, consistency in cut and quality may not always be obtained at the same price due to several uncontrollable environmental & political factors. 

      Below is a chart with the amount of inventory I produced for this collection, launching on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 6 PM CST. 

      To receive a text reminder with purchase link when available, please text me at 504-499-1080, or click here to sign up for my emails.

       

      SKU Item Name Description Length Price 👑 QTY
      BAUG-200-65 Pure Peridot Signature Stretchy Bracelet 4mm organic smooth round Peridot stretchy bracelet 6.5 $65.00 $49.40 6
      BAUG-200-7 Pure Peridot Signature Stretchy Bracelet 4mm organic smooth round Peridot stretchy bracelet 7 $65.00 $49.40 9
      BAUG-200-75 Pure Peridot Signature Stretchy Bracelet 4mm organic smooth round Peridot stretchy bracelet 7.5 $65.00 $49.40 6
      BAUG-200-8 Pure Peridot Signature Stretchy Bracelet 4mm organic smooth round Peridot stretchy bracelet 8 $65.00 $49.40 13
      BAUG-200-9 Pure Peridot Signature Stretchy Bracelet 4mm organic smooth round Peridot stretchy bracelet 9 $65.00 $49.40 3
      TOTAL 37
      BAUG-350-65 Alligator Garnet Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6mm smooth Green Garnet stretchy bracelet 6.5 $65.00 $49.40 5
      BAUG-350-7 Alligator Garnet Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6mm smooth Green Garnet stretchy bracelet 7 $65.00 $49.40 7
      BAUG-350-75 Alligator Garnet Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6mm smooth Green Garnet stretchy bracelet 7.5 $65.00 $49.40 8
      BAUG-350-8 Alligator Garnet Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6mm smooth Green Garnet stretchy bracelet 8 $65.00 $49.40 14
      BAUG-350-9 Alligator Garnet Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6mm smooth Green Garnet stretchy bracelet 9 $65.00 $49.40 5
      TOTAL 39
      BAUG-500-65 Open Your Heart Jade Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6.5mm tumbled Burma Jade freeform & 1.8mm silver spacers 6.5 $70.00 $53.20 5
      BAUG-500-7 Open Your Heart Jade Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6.5mm tumbled Burma Jade freeform & 1.8mm silver spacers 7 $70.00 $53.20 7
      BAUG-500-75 Open Your Heart Jade Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6.5mm tumbled Burma Jade freeform & 1.8mm silver spacers 7.5 $70.00 $53.20 8
      BAUG-500-8 Open Your Heart Jade Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6.5mm tumbled Burma Jade freeform & 1.8mm silver spacers 8 $70.00 $53.20 16
      BAUG-500-9 Open Your Heart Jade Signature Stretchy Bracelet 6.5mm tumbled Burma Jade freeform & 1.8mm silver spacers 9 $70.00 $53.20 4
      TOTAL 40
      BAUG-600-65 Petite Peridot Classic Signature Bracelet* 4mm faceted Peridot rondelles & 1.8mm silver spacers 6.5 $145.00 $110.20 3
      BAUG-600-7 Petite Peridot Classic Signature Bracelet* 4mm faceted Peridot rondelles & 1.8mm silver spacers 7 $155.00 $117.80 6
      BAUG-600-75 Petite Peridot Classic Signature Bracelet* 4mm faceted Peridot rondelles & 1.8mm silver spacers 7.5 $165.00 $125.40 6
      BAUG-600-8 Petite Peridot Classic Signature Bracelet* 4mm faceted Peridot rondelles & 1.8mm silver spacers 8 $175.00 $133.00 12
      BAUG-600-9 Petite Peridot Classic Signature Bracelet* 4mm faceted Peridot rondelles & 1.8mm silver spacers 9 $185 $140.60 3
      TOTAL 30
      NAUG-100-16 Power Peridot Signature Bar Necklace 6.5mm faceted Peridot rondelles on 3.5x4.5mm silver chain 16 $235.00 $178.60 2
      NAUG-100-18 Power Peridot Signature Bar Necklace 6.5mm faceted Peridot rondelles on 3.5x4.5mm silver chain 18 $250.00 $190.00 3
      NAUG-100-20 Power Peridot Signature Bar Necklace 6.5mm faceted Peridot rondelles on 3.5x4.5mm silver chain 20 $265.00 $201.40 3
      TOTAL 8
      NAUG-200-16 Rosey Tears of Joy Signature Charm Necklace 7x5 mm faceted tear-cut Peridot & Rose Quartz on 3.5x4.5mm silver chain 16 $225.00 $171.00 2
      NAUG-200-18 Rosey Tears of Joy Signature Charm Necklace 7x5 mm faceted tear-cut Peridot & Rose Quartz on 3.5x4.5mm silver chain 18 $245.00 $186.20 3
      NAUG-200-20 Rosey Tears of Joy Signature Charm Necklace 7x5 mm faceted tear-cut Peridot & Rose Quartz on 3.5x4.5mm silver chain 20 $265.00 $201.40 3
      TOTAL 8
      NAUG-400-16 Greatest Potential Green Apatite Signature Necklace 4mm faceted cube-cut shaded Green Apatite & 1.8mm silver spacers 16 $165.00 $125.40 3
      NAUG-400-18 Greatest Potential Green Apatite Signature Necklace 4mm faceted cube-cut shaded Green Apatite & 1.8mm silver spacers 18 $175.00 $133.00 4
      NAUG-400-20 Greatest Potential Green Apatite Signature Necklace 4mm faceted cube-cut shaded Green Apatite & 1.8mm silver spacers 20 $185.00 $140.60 4
      TOTAL 11
      NAUG-700-16 Rose Petal Peridot Signature Necklace 3mm faceted Peridot rondelles, 4x7mm faceted petal-cut Rose Quartz, 1.8mm silver spacer beads 16 $250.00 $190.00 2
      NAUG-700-18 Rose Petal Peridot Signature Necklace 3mm faceted Peridot rondelles, 4x7mm faceted petal-cut Rose Quartz, 1.8mm silver spacer beads 18 $275.00 $209.00 2
      NAUG-700-20 Rose Petal Peridot Signature Necklace 3mm faceted Peridot rondelles, 4x7mm faceted petal-cut Rose Quartz, 1.8mm silver spacer beads 20 $300.00 $228.00 2
      TOTAL 6
      NAUG-800-20 1OAK Intuitive Healing Cali Amulet Signature Tassel Necklace 4mm faceted Peridot, graduated faceted diamond-cut lemon topaz, 1.8mm silver spacers, 2.5mm faceted peridot tassel  20 $650.00 $494.00 1

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