Meet Charlie Cockrell !
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Charlie Cockrell, Graduate Gemologist and Master Appraiser. After retiring from the Army, Charlie achieved his credentials as a Graduate Gemologist in 1980. In 1991 he successfully completed the Master Gemological Appraiser course through the Gemology Institute of America.
Charlie has provided appraisals and worked with us on special projects over the past 12 years and will be joining us one day a week and by appointment in July. He brings a wealth of information, appraising skills and impressive gemstone collection you won’t want to miss !!
We’re excited to make his expertise available to our customers.
Looking for a very special genuine colored gemstone, unusual cut or just want to know more about a particular gemstone?
Ask us about evening gemstone education classes !
Welcome To The Club
Stone of the Month
Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, and iron is the cause of its attractive yellowish green colors.
The gem often occurs in volcanic rocks called basalts, which are rich in these two elements.
Gem miners find peridot as irregular nodules (rounded rocks with peridot crystals inside) in some lava flows in the United States, China, and Vietnam and, very rarely, as large crystals lining veins or pockets in certain types of solidified molten rock. Sources for the latter include Finland, Pakistan, Myanmar, and the island of Zabargad.
Peridot crystals are found in meteorites: some rare extraterrestrial crystals are even big enough to facet as cut gemstones. Peridot has extremely high double refraction: when you look closely through the gem, you can see two of each pavilion facet.