AZGem Gems
April, 2000
The World's Most Useful
Gem & Jewelry Monthly Newsletter

Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
The Dorado Company
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


The gemstone known as Peridot (pear-I-doe) is a beautiful mixture of some very common elements... silica, iron, and magnesium.

Many gems are composed mainly of colorless minerals and get their color from tiny amounts of trace minerals. Depending on the trace mineral present, the color can vary widely. Sapphire is a good example of a gem of many colors.

Peridot gets its color directly from the iron (green) and magnesium (yellow) that create the gem.

To those who claim to not like the color of Peridot, I say… "You have not seen a good Peridot!" A good Peridot gem is bright and lively, and it boasts a very pleasing lime to yellow-green color.

Peridot is the birthstone for August.

Peridot is an ancient gem, mined in Egypt since at least 1500 BC. The Crusaders took this gem back to Europe 2500 years later.

Peridot is often formed in materials ejected from volcanos. Peridot has also been identified in comets and meteorites.

Gem Peridot is currently mined in Africa, China, Australia, Arizona, and the portion of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan. About 90% of the world's current supply of gem Peridot comes from the San Carlos Apache Reservation east of Globe, Arizona.

In the past this material was recovered from within a few inches or feet of the surface. Mechanized mining techniques now allow recovery of finer gem material from deeper deposits.

We have some very nice 2 to 4 carat Peridot gems in our stock right now, at very reasonable wholesale prices.


Fashion Colors

Black clothing is making way for colors! And that means colored gem accessories will be more popular than ever.

Based on what we observed at the Tucson Shows, and what we are seeing in the gem industry press, the fashion colors for the new season will be…

  • Pink
  • Red
  • Citrus
  • Blue

Pink, as in Exotic Pink Tourmaline, is expected to lead the parade.

Red Tourmaline, Ruby, and Garnet will also be in demand.

Citrus colors, such as yellow Sapphire, Citrine, lime (Peridot) and orange Garnet are also coming on strong.

Blue, as in rich blue Aquamarine, Sapphire, and "Top Swiss" Blue Topaz has just exploded on the fashion scene for this year.

Pink tourmaline, pink and blue sapphire, ruby, blue and cinnamon zircon, and some colors of garnet are hot.

The bottom line is… color is back in a big way, and it's going to be a bright summer.


Internet Sales

Internet commerce reports continue to show strong sales across the board. Books, toys, music CD's, and many other products set new sales records during the recent holiday season.

The gem and jewelry industry enjoyed very strong sales growth, and set new records for both volume of sales, and total sales dollars. This, of course, was expected and widely predicted, as the internet continues to deliver savings and convenience.

At The Dorado Company we are still playing catch-up. As new parcels of gems arrive, and jewelry pieces are finished, we will continue to update the various pages.

We try to save a few stones from each parcel for listing on the internet. The trick turns out to be finding the time to revise the web pages and get good pictures of the new items.



Next month we'll examine the gem Sapphire, the most popular colored gem in the world.


…please, visit me anytime at for a great selection of colored gems at great prices, or at for the best deal in a birthstone earring gift.

Carolyn Doyle

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