The Ulitimate Guide to Peridot Birthstone Jewellery

Thursday, 3 August 2023
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The Ultimate Guide To Peridot Jewellery.

Most people know there is a birthsone assigned to every month of the year. August’s birthstone is Peridot, and while lots of people – though not everyone – knows what Peridot birthstone jewellery looks like, or that it is green, they know very little else. Which is a shame, as this sometimes underappreciated gem is a versatile beautiful stone anyone can appreciate, not those just born in August.

What is Peridot?

All gemstones have unique geological origins, which is certainly true of the Peridot. Peridot is, in fact, a gem quality form of a naturally occurring mineral called Olivine, although Chrysolite is another name for this substance you may hear used in some circles.

What Colours Do Peridot Come In?

One of the most important things about a gemstone for most people is the colour. This might be especially important in terms of wearing it in August Birthstone rings and other jewelley.

Unlike some of the other birthstones and gemstones, which are found in several colour variations, Sapphires can be found in blue, pink and red for example, and diamonds in a wide range of colours, Peridot Birthstone Jewellery is green.

Peridot RIngThat’s not to say that all Peridot stones are the same colour. Most commonly, Peridot is a yellowish green that resembles new spring grass and is frequently referred to as Peridot Green. It’s a beautiful shade that is far easier to match and complement with clothing and cosmetics than many other green shades, which can be hard to pull off.

Peridot, however, does come in a variety of green hues, from a bright green that can be easily mistaken for emerald, to an olive or brownish green that is actually close to yellow. It’s worth noting that Peridot jewellery and especially August Birthstone rings are typically using traditional yellow-green stones, which is the most common shade you will see when shopping for Peridot jewellery. The colour of a specific Peridot stone display will often depend on how much iron it contains . The brightest cleanest specimen’s contain very little, and the colour darkens as the iron content increases.

Where is Peridot Found?

Technically Peridot might be found anywhere in the world, but it is mined extensively in China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and also in Arizona in the USA, plus Pakistan and Kenya.

Peridot often varies in quality and colour according to where it is found. For example, American mined Peridot is often smaller and lighter in hues than variants from other countries, especially China and Myanmar where the Peridot is mined and refined. It is usually a darker, richer shade of green.

Is Peridot a Gemstone From Outer Space?

Interestingly, Peridot also has a rather fascinating extraterrestrial connection. Many stony-iron meteorites have been found to contain olivine. These meteorites may have come from an asteroid that was massive enough to have evolved a distinct internal structure made up of a metallic core and a rock mantle, or have come from the crust of a rocky planet that once orbited between Mars and Jupiter.

In 2011 through the dusty gas cloud of a forming star, the US Space Agency NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope saw what was thought to be small olivine crystals falling like rain.

Strong air currents were theorised to have lifted freshly crystallised olivine particles off the surface of the forming star, far into its atmosphere and then dumped when the streams had lost their momentum, resulting in “Olivine Rain”. The end effect was a green olivine crystal rain that sparkled for days!

Peridot’s Gemstone Jewellery History

Peridot EarringsThe French word “Peridot” comes from Arabic word ” Faridat” which means gem. One of the recorded earliest gemstones, Peridot has been used in jewellery and other products since the ancient Egyptians began adorning themselves with gemstones in approximately 1500 BC.

These Peridot stones were known by the Egyptians as the “Gems of the Sun”. Back then, the stones were mined on the modern day Egyptian island of Zeberget. Because it was thought they were difficult to notice in daylight, the stones were mined at night. But the fact that there were a lot of poisonous snakes on the island probably also contributed a great deal to the decision to mine at night.

Peridot jewellery has frequently been confused for emeralds throughout history. The enormous Peridot stones gracing the Shrine of the Three Kings at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany weigh more than 200 carats each. Similarly, many archaeologists and historians now think Cleopatra’s renowned “Emerald” jewels were actually Peridot. Topaz has also been mistaken for Peridot throughout history.

Peridot Gemstones Folklore

Another fascinating aspect of the study and appreciation of gemstones like Peridot are the myths, legends, and folklore attached to them! Wearing a Peridot ring often becomes even more interesting and meaningful when you know something of the history of them!

Some of the Peridot related myths include the following:

In Hawaii Peridot represents the tears of Pele, the volcano and fire goddess.

Due to the fact that, in contrast to emeralds, rich hues Peridot gemstones would not darken at night and continued to glimmer in candlelight, the Romans called Peridot the “Evening Emerald”.

According to legend, Peridot may fend off bad spirits and protect anyone wearing Peridot from bad luck as the result of a witch’s curse! Because of these traditional meanings it’s often considered good luck to be gifted Peridot Birthstone Jewellery.

It is also believed by those who like to attach specific meaning to gemstones that wearing Peridot jewellery promoted successful relationships, including marriage.  This could be as a result of the belief that it suppresses ego and jealously while promoting positive energy, all of which are obviously very important elements of any successful romantic partnership.

Peridot Buying Tips

As we mentioned earlier, Peridot only exists is one shade of pale green unlike the other gemstones which may be found in a wider variety of colours, some far more valuable than others.

While Peridot displays a wide spectrum of green hues, including olive green, lime green, yellowish green and dark green, the most desired and valuable Peridot colour is a fully saturated forest green without any brown tones and a faint hint of yellow. However; the other options can be just as attractive, especially when cut to showcase their colour.

Also unlike many other stones used to create gemstone jewellery Peridot cannot be synthesized or manufactured in a lab. Yet there are plenty of imitations out there to watch for. Typically, these are constructed from glass or natural Tourmaline.

Peridot of commercial is divided into classes A and B. Category A is considered excellent quality and the Peridot stone has no brown tones, is eye-clean and yellowish green. Category B quality Peridot stones typically contain obvious inclusions or are quite pale in hue.

Under 4 carats, Peridot is a reasonably inexpensive gemstone. Any stone more than 4 carats is significantly more expensive. Stones over 10 carats are extremely rare and command a premium over smaller sizes.

Because Peridot is a softer stone, it looks best when it is set in delicate jewellery. It is advised to use bezel settings that safeguard the stone when creating pieces like August Birthstone Rings and other Peridot Birthstone Jewellery. Another advantage of a bezel setting is that it showcases the Peridot stone itself to the best effect, as there are no prongs to obscure its beauty.

Author Bio

Jill Hansen runs Anastasia’s Of Broome and is a highly recognised expert in both the fields of South Sea Pearls and Diamonds. Jill trained in seeding pearls in the Cook Islands by Japanese Pearl Technicians, and established a wholesale pearl business selling pearls all over the world. She pioneered the combination of pearls and diamonds to create Lust™ Pearls, a unique fusion of these two beautiful gemstones. Jill holds the prestigious recognition of being an Antwerp Diamond Broker for selecting and sourcing Diamonds direct from the diamond capital of the world, Antwerp. She is a diamond expert and is happy to use and impart her knowledge to help customers make informed decisions.

Not sure what your birthstone is check out our article on all monthly gemstones here.

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