The Peridot is an olive green gemstone that is ever-increasing in popularity. As August's birthstone, this gem has long been aligned with the zodiac sign of Leo. The peridot is also thought to symbolise harmony, peace and good health. In fact, it was used for centuries as a way to ward off evil as people slept.
How Peridots are Made
The peridot has found its way into stories and fables for millennia, with the principle sources of the gemstone found far and wide, most commonly in Arizona, China and Pakistan.
Perhaps surprisingly, peridot is also found on the island of Hawaii, referred to locally as the 'tears of Pele,' after the goddess of volcanoes. The peridot is made from olivine, which is found in lava rocks. So along with the famous volcanoes of this land, the peridot has been found and glorified in equal measure.
In other parts of the world, the peridot was thought to have been a result of a sun's explosion. In fact, some might say they were almost right; this beautiful gemstone is, albeit rarely, found in meteorites as old as 4.5 million years.
Increasingly, historians believe that the famous green gems showcased around Cleopatra’s neck were not emerald, and were more likely peridot. Although some think we will never know for sure.
Picking a Peridot Gemstone
Picking a peridot gemstone can be a challenging task. The first choice you'll need to make is the colour you opt for. Peridot gemstones can range in shade from olive green to a green/yellow concoction.
If you are looking for a perfect peridot gemstone, the best come in apple green. These gems are the rarest and therefore the most expensive, but it’s important to choose a colour that is right for you.
Another consideration is the cut of the gem, a vitally important decision. Peridot allows for precise cuts, making it easier to to maximise its light and brilliance. Because of this, a round or oval shape might be the perfect choice.
However, peridots can also be cut into a princess or cushion shape, which allow for their colour to shine through in unusual ways. At Diamond Boutique, we offer gemstones in a range of sizes, cuts and colours. That way, you’ll never go without the jewellery of your dreams.
Have we piqued your interest? If so, why not check out some of our jewellery options below?
Our Top 10 Peridot Jewellery
If you've taken a look at our website, you'll know we have rings of all shapes and sizes on offer. Peridot rings make up just some of our extensive collection, a group of pieces that you'll need to take a look at.
The first of these rings come in the form of our Peridot & Diamond Halo Gold Ring. This piece loosely emulates the look of a flower; it encompasses a large peridot gem surrounded by diamonds.
Complete with 60 diamonds, our Peridot Cushion Engagement Ring is elegance and sophistication incarnate. Its centre-piece, a huge 2.20ct cushion cut peridot!
Next up, our Peridot & Diamond Pear Gold Ring. This is a simple design, created for those looking for a ring that’ll suit their every-day attire.
The Lotus Peridot & Diamond Ring is a design that is encased in white gold and adorned with sparkle. Its peridot sits between 4 round brilliant diamonds for extra shimmer.
Our Rani Peridot & Diamond Gold Ring celebrates the peridot in classic style. Its yellow gold metal compliments the peridot’s green hue, while two large diamonds draw the eye to it.
Next in line, we’ve included our Everest Peridot & Diamond Gold Ring. This is a dramatic piece, lining a split shoulder design with diamonds and featuring an impressive 1 carat peridot.
If you are looking for shimmer and sparkle, we’d recommend that you check out our Mira Peridot & Diamond Ring. Deliberately designed to offer an unmatched shine, it is perfect for a girly-girl who loves a pinch of glamour.Perhaps you are more interested in a beautiful set of earrings than a ring. If so, we have you covered with our unique designs. If you are looking for a show-stopper, our Multi-Gem Drop Earrings might just do the trick. They add peridot and citrine together for a dazzlingly unique look that is impossible to miss. Or, if floral patterns are up your alley, try out our Peridot Halo Stud Earrings. These earrings are playful and elegant in equal measure, creating jewellery that is sure to stand the test of time.
Finally, we couldn’t offer a run-down of our favourite earrings without including the Classic 9ct White Gold Natural Solitaire Peridot Earrings. This simple offering celebrates the peridot gemstone in all of its glory.
If you’re looking for more examples of how the peridot can create a stunning piece of jewellery, make sure you check out our full collection.