End of Summer...
It went by so fast, and there's still some hot weather
ahead of us, but there's no denying the season's end is approaching.
Here on Kauai it has been a wet summer,
with light winds and muggy days. Terrible, huh?
20% off sale in July was a big hit, as usual. Hope you were able
to stock up on some staples and save some money. Going forward we
have a new shipment of Vietnamese purses that just arrived and we'll
be adding about five new designs of star lamps this coming week.
We are also
teaming up with a hot designer this season for some new beaded jewelry
that will follow the latest trends with semiprecious stones and
silver. More on this when the line is closer to being delivered,
but preliminary feedback is very positive. As a side note, this
will augment our regular line, not replace it.
news is the opening of a retail store. Although it's technically
a separate entity, we'll be retailing all our great products right
in downtown Kapaa, Hawaii. I am hopeful that this will help me to
get more in the shoes of our customers and ultimately make our line
stronger as I see what life is like in the trenches.
called the volcanic gem because it is born in fire, small peridot
(pronounced "pear-uh-doe") crystals are often found in basaltic
rocks created by volcanoes and in meteors that fall to earth. A few
of these "extra-terrestrial gems" have even been faceted
into cut gemstones!
Peridot is the
gem form of the mineral olivine. Because the iron which creates
the color is an integral part of its structure, it is found only
in green, ranging from a summery light yellowish green to a "7-up
green gem was mined in ancient Egypt on an island called Zeberget.
According to legend, the mining was done at night because lit was
said that the rough stone could not be easily seen during the day.
Zeberget was overrun with poisonous snakes that made mining a very
dangerous occupation until one Pharaoh finally had them all driven
into the sea. The Romans called it the "emerald of the evening,"
since its green color was visible even by lamplight.
to Europe by the Crusaders, peridot was used to adorn medieval churches.
Large stones more than 200 carats in size were used to decorate
the Shrine of the Three Magi at the Cologne Cathedral.
Peridot is considered
a protection stone: it was used drive away evil spirits. This power
was thought to be intensified when the stone was set in gold. It's
mystical quality was also said to increase the effects of any medicine
drunk from a goblet carved from the gemstone.
Today most peridot
is mined by Native Americans in Arizona on the San Carlos Reservation.
Fine large peridot are found in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and it
is also mined in China and Sri Lanka. In 1994, an exciting new deposit
of peridot was discovered in Pakistan, producing stones of the highest
quality ever found. The new mine is located 15,000 feet above sea
level in the far west of the Himalayas, in the Pakistan portion
of Kashmir. Beautiful large crystals of peridot have been found,
some that cut magnificent large gemstones (one stone was over 300
carats!). This new discovery, combined with fashion's enduring love
for lime green, has revived interest in peridot and increased the
popularity of this gemstone.
is referred to in Hawaii as the fire goddess Pele's tears, most
of the peridot sold there today is from Arizona, even though peridot
is produced by Hawaii's volcanoes. The island of Oahu even has beaches
made out of olivine grains but unfortunately they are much too small
to cut into peridot!
of the Site
Arrivals section has all the latest goodies.
Purses from Vietnam.
Calcite: A rainbow full of color!
Lots of new CLOSEOUTS!!!!
Sorry this month's
newsletter was so late, I'll get next month's out in a more timely
manner (I hope!).
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