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Leigh Jewelers eNewsletter                                                 August 2018
Ah, the Dog Days of Summer
 
Have you ever wondered why we refer to the hottest, most sultry days of summer as the dog days?

The "dog star" Sirius, part of the constellation Canis Major, is the brightest star besides the Sun.  Ancient Romans believed that because Sirius rose and set with the Sun during summer time, it was somehow responsible for the hot weather. The dog days fall between early July and early September, encompassing all of August.    
 
How do you plan on keeping cool until fall? Come in and see us for the coolest and latest trends in jewelry. We will help you transition into a new season looking your sparkling best.

August Birthstone: Peridot
 
Peridots have long been admired for their vivid green color. They can range in color from yellowish-green to brownish-green. The ancient Romans nicknamed them the "emerald of the evening" because they do not change color in artificial light.
 
Peridots are one of the few gemstones that can only be found in one color. The intensity of the color depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure. They are typically found in rocks created by volcanoes or in meteors.
 
Legend states that peridots could bring good luck, peace and success to the wearer. It has also been rumored that they ward off evil spirits by giving off a glow at night.
 
Peridots rate 6.5-7.0 on the Mohs Hardness scale which means they are susceptible to being scratched, so it is best to store them away from other jewelry. Never use ultrasonic or steam cleaners, clean your peridot jewelry with mild soap and water.
 
  
Reminder: Back to School
 
We have them ready with fresh school supplies and new outfits. They want to look their best for the coming school year.
 
Before you send your little darlings back to school, be sure to have their jewelry inspected (yours too!) for loose stones and worn prongs. We can provide a professional cleaning as well. Come on in!

 
August Gems of Wisdom
 
The birthstone for August is the peridot. (Please see the article.)
 
The birth flower for August is the gladiolus. The flower is named for the shape of its leaves, which are sword like, from the Latin word "gladius" which means sword. Gladiolus symbolizes strength and integrity and a gift of a gladiolus bouquet is meant to convey to the recipient, that the giver's heart has been pierced with passion.
 
Special Days and Fun Facts in August
 
The first U.S. state fair was that of New York, held in August of 1841 in Syracuse, and has been held annually to the present year.
 
The Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio is the largest annual gathering of twins (& other multiples) in the world. The festival takes place this year August 3rd through 5th.
 
Are you a stargazer? The Perseids meteor shower began to be in view in mid-July. The peak of one the sky's most spectacular displays of "shooting stars" is on August 12th. The Perseids is so named for the constellation Perseus, from where it appears the shower hails.  
 
August 18th is Bad Poetry Day. If you have ever tried to write a poem, you know it isn't as easy as it seems. If you don't have a knack for beautiful, flowing verse, today is your day to go for it.
 
August 30th is the birth date of Mary Shelley, author of the book Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus. Ms. Shelley started the novel at the tender age of 18. It was first published anonymously in 1818 and its second edition was published under her name in 1823.
 
 
Legendary Gemstones: The Green Goddess
 
For over 3,500 years, peridot was mined on the Red Sea island of Zabargad (now St. John's Island) in southern Egypt. This locality is a historic source for fine peridot and produced the exquisite peridot that is featured here.
 
The Green Goddess is a gemstone that would make anyone green with envy, and set in a pendant, this peridot certainly has the charm and splendor to captivate.
 
The Green Goddess peridot is a pear-shaped peridot weighing 154 carats. It was purchased as a part of The Field Museum's founding gem collection at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.  
 
In 2008, jewelry designer Lester Lampert was chosen to set the Green Goddess peridot into an 18K yellow gold pendant. A goddess is carved into the gold behind the peridot and is visible through the gem. Lampert surrounded the peridot with a total of 3.24 carats of yellow diamonds that complement the green color of the peridot.
 
The Green Goddess peridot pendant is in the Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
 
 
Courtesy of Gemological Institute of America Inc. Photo from "Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World" by Lance Grande and Allison Augustyn, 2009, University of Chicago Press.

 
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