Move over emeralds, peridot gems are bringing a distinctive green elegance to the jewellery industry! This apple-green coloured gemstone is named after the Arabic word “faridat” which translates to gem. Read on to find out more about August’s fascinating gemstone.
Discover the Peridot
Formed deep underground, Peridot is a rare gem that exhibits yellow-green to an olive brown hue. The gem is found primarily among rocks that were created by volcanoes and buried deep under ground.
Peridot gemstones are never treated or enhanced, as there is currently no known method of improving their clarity or colour. This means Peridot gemstones are always 100% naturally-formed and not been treated in any way.
The vivid green colour of the Peridot is the perfect colour for summer. It is fitting that this is the gemstone for August birthdays because the colour goes so well with a bright-coloured summer wardrobe.
Association in History
Peridot has always been associated with light, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Many believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold.
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.
According to folklore, Peridot is thought to bring good luck and peace to the wearer. Christians considered it sacred and Catholic Bishops still wear a Peridot and Amethyst ring to symbolise purity.
In the early 1990s, a new deposit of peridot was discovered in Pakistan, and these stones were considered to be the finest ever seen. These Peridots are popular for their apple green hue.
Peridot Buyers Guide
If you’re shopping for a Peridot, be it a ring, earrings or even a pendant our buying guide below offers tips and advice on what to look out for.
Colour: Peridots are available in an array of colours, from a deep dark olive to a lighter yellow-green colour. The depth of the green hue depends on the presence of iron in the gem.
When buying Peridot jewellery, be sure that the colour is even and intense. Whether you are searching a light or dark hue, the color should be vivid and across the entire gem. This hue will radiate and shimmer when light passes through it.
Cut: It is often the cut of a gemstone that brings out its true beauty. Peridot stones can be cut in any gem shape, including round, oval, square pear, emerald, marquise, and more. Remember, when looking at cuts, be sure to look for clean edges and symmetry.
The Austrian Grand Duchess, Isabella is the owner of the most famous Peridot jewellery collection. Her collection consisted of a tiara, necklace and earrings of incredible colour and brilliant clarity.
Her Parure collection was designed and crafted in the 1820s by the Hapsburg Imperial Jeweler Kőchert. The collection flaunted enormous, apricot-sized, Peridots surrounded by diamonds. The Peridots used have a darker green than many we see today.