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Britt’s Pick: Peridot Parrot Pendant By Amáli Jewelry


If you can say “peridot parrot pendant” three times fast, then you may indeed be tickled by this peridot parrot pendant.

If nothing else, the exercise might bring a smile to your face.

As will the sight of this carved wonder from Amáli Jewelry, a peridot worthy of the most marvelous of August birthdays, and every day in between.

Amali peridot parrot head

A carved peridot head, with feathered details so lifelike you might forget it’s a gem (shown above), gives way to a beak of obsidian and eyes in rock crystal, the finishing touch that gives the tropical creature life.

“I fell in love with this playful, jubilant little parrot as soon as I saw her [at the Tucson shows],” says Amáli designer Sara Freedenfeld. “Our world has been thick with so much grief and sadness these last few years, and my hope is that these new carved pieces touch the joyful parts of us that may have been dormant for a while.”

Freedenfeld refers to other new carved pieces, an offering from the brand that blends its signature gemstone aesthetic with a series of beautifully exuberant likenesses. See, for further example, a boulder opal owlpetrified wood and blue opal bird, and opal skull, among others.

Such offerings bring to mind a number of conversations I had with jewelers at JCK Las Vegas this year concerning customers’ desires to have fun with their jewelry and, however surprisingly, for significant prices too. Fine gemstones are being treated with a whimsy that isn’t often seen. Many designers with whom I spoke felt they were taking risks by creating such playful jewels, departures from their typical lines. And yet, all recounted being met with surprise as customers gobbled up their happy creations, finding cheer when it was most needed.

This piece has sold—and Freedenfeld tells me her carved styles performed very well at June’s Couture show. Not surprising, because who could possibly resist such a sight?

Top: Parrot pendant in 18k yellow gold with 16.33 ct. peridot, obsidian, and rock crystal, $4,950; Amáli Jewelry

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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