History / Information
Peridot is one of the gemstones available that is only found in one color, it's saturation and tone may vary but it is only found in shades of green.
The name peridot originated from the Arabic word "faridat". It is a unique stone with a deep and fascinating history. It has been used in jewelry for thousands of years, it was once known as an "evening emerald" since its green color didn't darken at night.
It is a gem that is heavily connected to ancient Egypt & Cleopatra. Some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridot.
It has found its way in and out of popularity many different times throughout history. Crusaders brought it to Central Europe and used to to decorate medieval churches, Napoleon used it to assure Josephine of his undying love, and it was assigned to be the stone of the planet Saturn.
Info for Buying Peridot
A deep and intense green colored peridot is considered the most desirable and the most valuable.
Peridot is not typically treated or enhanced in any way.
Peridot's 4 C's (Color, Clarity, Cut, & Carat Weight)
Color: The depth of the green depends on its iron content. It can vary from yellow green to brownish green and looks its best under natural daylight. A deep and intense green colored peridot is considered the most desirable and most valuable.
Clarity: Peridot occurs with excellent transparency. It is not uncommon to find eye-clean gemstones. Larger stones will sometimes appear cloudy because if inclusions but peridot is usually a very clean stone.
Cut: Peridot is usually a faceted stone because of its amazing transparency. It is a relatively abundant stone so it can be found in many shapes including the traditional rounds, ovals, cushions, as well as the fancy cuts.
Carat Weight: It is not unusual to find large peridot stones!
Peridot's Gemological Properties
Color: Yellow Green, Olive Gree, or Brownish
Hardness: 6.5-7.0 on the Moh's Scale
Double Refraction / Birefringence: .36-.38
Myth's, Metaphysical, & Healing Properties
Peridot was prized by early civilizations for its protective powers. It was believed to drive away the forces of darkness, protect the aura, and alleviate emotional burdens such as guilt or obsession.
Peridot is a wounded healer stone and helps those around you to overcome hardships that you have already overcome.
Caring for your Peridot Jewelry
Peridot is a relatively hard and durable stone which makes it great for everyday wear. Peridot can easily be cleaned using warm soapy water, and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse it well to remove any soapy residue. Always remove gems before exercising, playing sports, or performing harsh household chores.