Peridot gemstones are gorgeous green hued gems that are revered for their restful yellowish green hues and long, rich history. This beautiful gem is the birthstone for the month of August and the classic 16th anniversary stone. People get curious about peridot when they search for jewellery celebrating their August birthday because it is not as commonly worn as some other birthstones but can still be a phenomenal gift and a great conversational starter.
Peridot is named after the French word peritot, meaning gold, and is also derived from the Arabic word “faridat” meaning gem. The ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, which became the source for many large fine peridots in the world’s museums. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Peridot symbolises the tears of Pele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Romans referred to peridot as “Evening Emerald” because unlike the deep hues of emeralds, peridot gemstones did not darken at night and still shimmered under candlelight.
Peridots are also shrouded in mythology. Some people believe that peridot could ward off evil spirits. It is also believed to help in the success of marriage and other relationships because it is thought to encourage positive energy as well as suppress ego and jealousy.
Large strongly-coloured, examples can be spectacular, and attractive smaller gems are available for jewellery at all price points. These gemstones are a wonderful option for those who love green gemstones but are looking for an option at a lower price point than emeralds. Certain shades of peridot can easily be confused with emeralds! Although the best peridot is a pure grass green, most peridot is yellowish-green.
The most important value factor to consider when buying peridot jewellery is its quality. The more vivid and bright the lime hue, the more valuable it is. Cut is even more important than clarity, since a well-cut peridot will dance with light. Peridot is cut in a wide variety of styles, including ovals, emerald cuts, and cushions. Most fine peridot is eye clean. Tiny black spots (inclusions) may be visible with magnification. With a hardness of 6.5, peridot is harder than metal but softer than many other gems.
The peridot is one of only a few gemstones that exists in only one colour. While all peridots are green, it is found in different shades spanning from pale green, olive-green to even bright lime. The most expensive peridots are sparkling lime-green without brown or yellow hues. These shades of green combine well with silver or platinum for stunning jewellery that really stands out.
Modern day peridots are predominantly used for rings, earrings, and pendants. They can be cut into many different shapes from square, oval, teardrop as well as heart shaped. When cut into smaller sizes, peridot is often used in beaded necklaces and bracelets.
When set against lustrous sterling silver, peridots can show off their fresh, vibrant sparkle. However, Peridot rings are most often crafted in a range of fine metals including sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold and platinum.
Due to the eye catching nature of peridot jewellery, you will want to match the colour of peridot earrings or a peridot necklace closely to the colour of your peridot ring.