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COVID-19 Announcement

To our valued clients and friends,

In compliance with the Governor's orders, our Chevy Chase MD and Washington DC locations will be closed until further notice. Our McLean, VA location will remain open with both limited staff & hours until otherwise directed. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this brings. Please reach out to us via phone or email to make arrangements in the event you need something of an urgent matter.

In addition, we would like to invite our clients to utilize our new, limited "Concierge" service. While we are unable to maintain our day to day operations, we welcome the opportunity to try and accommodate gift requests for upcoming special occasions. Please contact us directly to discuss your needs. If possible, we can email or text you options and then arrange for pick-up or delivery.

Boone & Sons is proud to have served the Washingtonian area for over 60 years. These are new & uncharted times for all of us. Together, we will get through this and we look forward to working with you during brighter times when everything is back to normal.

The Boone Family & Staff

Peridot
August Birthstone

Peridot is the birthstone for August, and the 16th wedding anniversary gemstone.

The Egyptians called it "the gem of the sun," as far back as 1500 BC.The Hawaiians believed they were the tears of the Goddess Pelè. The Romans believed that it drove away evil spirits, and made dreams come true.

We call it peridot.

Found in various shades of green (from the lighter, yellowish blends to the rich, deep grass-like hues), this igneous mineral can be found in a variety of sizes up to 5 carats. The more valuable examples will be the purest green; brown tones and eye-visible flaws can greatly reduce the cost per carat.

With cautious care, peridot will look fantastic for years, but it is nevertheless one of the more fragile gemstones (despite its 6.50 to 7.00 hardness on the Mohs scale).

Present-day peridot is found in Brazil, Burma, Australia, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka - even Arizona. A new source of quality peridot was found amongst the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan, providing the market with large, deep green crystals. Historical examples of peridot were most likely mined from the island of Zeberget (now St. John's Island), off Egypt's coast in the Red Sea.

The abundance of pale shades give peridot a bad rep compared to other gemstones, but the informed consumer knows that seeking out the deepest shades of green peridot will be worth the cost.

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