Peridot, the most popular birthstone for August, comes in the perfect range of transparent green hues to enhance sun-touched summer skin and light, breezy wardrobes. No wonder it’s growing in popularity – even among those born in other months.
All About Peridot
Many people aren’t sure how to say “peridot,” perhaps because it has two different pronunciations. Whether you say “pear-a-dot” or “pear-a-doe,” you’re correct!
Vibrant green peridot has been worn by stylish women since the dawn of civilization. In fact, the history of this gorgeous gem stretches back to ancient Egypt and Rome. Although Cleopatra was famous for her emeralds, some historians believe her gems might actually have been peridot.
A Punch of Green
According to the G.I.A., peridot can be found in meteorites and comet dust as well as in lava and deep within the earth’s mantle. A gem variety of the mineral Olivine, peridot often occurs in volcanic rocks called basalts, which are rich in iron and magnesium.
Although it can range from pistachio to lime to olive green in hue, the most valuable peridot is a bright, pure green without a hint of yellow. The intensity of the color depends on the amount of iron. Currently, gemstones with the finest color come primarily from Myanmar and Pakistan, but gem-quality peridot is also mined closer to home in Arizona.
A Versatile Gem
Peridot is not particularly hard — only 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. However, the gem is easy to look after and fairly tough, making it suitable for most jewelry. It’s not the best choice for bracelets and rings that will see daily wear, such as engagement rings, though.
Want to learn more about peridot? Stop in any time to try on rings, earrings and pendants with these vivid green gems. Or, work with our designers and goldsmith to create your own custom, one-of-a-kind design.