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A cushion cut peridot gemstone set featured in a white gold ring

Peridot Guide

Peridot is an enchanting gemstone set apart by its alluring green color. It’s found in meteorites, lava deposits and in the earth’s mantle at sites around the world. From Ancient Egypt to modern day, the peridot gemstone has been cherished for its beauty and symbolism. This gem of the sun is associated with strength and good health. Learn more about the history of peridot, its meaning and buying tips for this green gem.

What is peridot?

Peridot is a gemstone variety of the mineral olivine. A gemstone of vivid color, peridot is formed deep in the earth's mantle and carried out by lava. Its characteristic green comes from the presence of iron, and its hues range from greenish-yellow to brownish- and yellowish-green.
A pair of trillion cut peridot earrings
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Mineral: Olivine 

Origins: China, Vietnam, Tanzania, United States 

Symbols: Strength, Good Health 

Properties: Mood-boosting, Creativity 

Durability: 6.5 to 7


ENHANCEMENTS

 
None 

CARE

 
Special Gemstone Care: Do not use ultrasonic cleaning. Avoid sudden temperature changes, chemicals, perfume, cosmetics, and hairspray. 

SIMILAR GEMSTONES

 

Citrine 

A peridot gemstone in unpolished crystal form

What to Look for in Peridot

 
Peridot is a relatively common gemstone found in hardened lava flows around the world, including in China, Vietnam, Tanzania and the United States. The finest and rarest peridots in the purest green hues come from Myanmar and Pakistan. The August birthstone, peridot is a much-loved gemstone for special jewelry. 

When shopping for jewelry with the peridot gemstone, consider the color, cut, carat, clarity and any gemstone enhancements. Jewelry-quality peridot crystal and gemstone pieces are often heated to permanently improve their clarity.

 Peridot is one of the few green-colored gemstones, and gemstone-quality peridot is rather rare, although the mineral itself is very common throughout the world. When you’re perusing peridot, look for these qualities:

COLOR

 
Gemstone color is probably the most important aspect of a gem. The most desirable peridot gemstones feature a rich green color with no visible inclusions, while the best value is found in a gemstone with olive tones and minor inclusions that look just as striking. A high-quality peridot stone will have a more intense color. We offer a wide range of peridots in lighter and deeper colors to meet different styles and budgets. Consider the peridot stone shape and hue that most appeals to you. 

An Illustration of 3 differently colored gemstones from the side


CUT

 
Though it has a smaller color range, peridot also works with a variety of gemstone cuts that showcase its hues in different ways. Popular shapes for peridot include emerald, oval, round, pear, triangle, cushion and marquise. The ideal cut and shape for any gemstone is the one that best displays its color and brilliance. An emerald cut enhances the color of peridot, while round and oval cuts maximize sparkle. 

An Illustration of a well-cut gemstone from the side


CLARITY

 
Gemstone clarity is an important evaluator for many gemstones. Almost every gemstone contains marks known as inclusions, which are liquids, gas bubbles, mineral traces, and other debris found inside stones. Fine peridot is usually "eye clean," meaning that its inclusions are only visible when magnified. Peridot with a few visible inclusions offer the best value, and their unique marks only add to their one-of-a-kind appeal. 

An Illustration of a gemstone with very few inclusions from the side


SIZE (CARAT)

 
Gemstone size, unlike diamond size, is generally measured in millimeters in diameter. Peridot is available in a variety of sizes. Smaller gemstones are abundant, while larger sizes are rarer. 

An illustration of a gemstone from the side with a ruler over the gem's table


ENHANCEMENT

 
Most gemstones receive enhancements, such as heat treatment and infusions, to improve their appearance. Our gemstones are enhanced using only approved techniques to bring out the brilliant color and clarity of our peridot jewelry. 

An illustration of a gemstone being treated with oiling enhancement method

HARDNESS & WEARABILITY

On the Mohs hardness scale, peridot ranks from 6.5 to 7, making it a fairly durable gemstone for any type of jewelry wear, although it’s susceptible to scratches. It’s gorgeous in a silver setting as a pendant, earrings or bracelet. Peridot is suitable for rings that you won’t be wearing every day, since too many hard knocks may chip or crack it. But if you wear it with care, you can enjoy your peridot jewelry for a lifetime.
The Moh's hardness scale showing opal at 5, emerald at 7.5, topaz at 8, ruby at 9, and diamond at 10

Choosing the Right Peridot Jewelry

 
Ultimately, the most important aspect of choosing peridot jewelry is to pick a piece you love. At the end of the day, you should choose your favorite type of jewelry with your preferred metal, and whatever embellishments or accent stones you think would look fabulous on your personage.

Peridots Throughout History and in Popular Culture

 
Cleopatra was the first to popularize peridot gemstones back in Ancient Egyptian times, with many of her jewels featuring this “Gem of the Sun.” It is believed that peridot was the favorite gemstone of Edward VII of England, with many vintage Edwardian jewels from 1901-1910 featuring this green gem. Peridot’s popularity continued through the 20th century and it has maintained its standing as a gemstone of choice today. 

 In modern popular culture, peridots can be found everywhere. They're a gem of choice for modern-day royalty and pop culture celebrities. Peridot’s popularity has even spilled over into children’s shows, with a children’s cartoon featuring a character named after this vibrant gemstone. 


 

Peridot Gemstone Meaning

 
This gemstone’s ties to the sun, volcanoes and even celestial origins (some peridot gems have been found in meteorites!) bring unique energy and symbolism. Ancient Egyptians regarded peridot as “The Gem of the Sun” due to its persistently bright colors. It was believed that peridots could provide protection from evil. Today, peridot gemstones symbolize strength and good health. 

 As with all jewelry, you may have your own special meanings you attribute to peridots. Some people choose to wear this jewel for its August birthstone symbolism, or they wear it simply because they like the color. 


 

Matching Metals to Peridot 


We offer jewelry featuring the peridot gemstone in a variety of metals and styles. It is most often set in lighter metals such as white gold or silver but can also be found in yellow gold. Adding peridot stones to a white gold or silver jewelry setting will allow the gem to shine without contrasting colors. A yellow gold setting, on the other hand, will complement the tones of peridot and create color conversations between the setting and the gemstone.


Famous Peridot Gemstones

 
The first recorded uses of peridot came from Egypt, though it was often mistaken for other gemstones like topaz and emerald throughout ancient and medieval times. Some historians suggest that Cleopatra's famous collection of emeralds may have actually been peridots. What were thought to be emeralds on The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral turned out to be stunning deep green peridots as well. Today, it’s the gemstone that traditionally celebrates a 16th wedding anniversary. All gemstones have meanings for those in possession of them — peridot has been used for centuries to protect the wearer from evil spirits and night terrors.

How to Care for Your Peridot Jewelry

• Practicing the proper gemstone care will keep your peridot jewelry gorgeously glimmering for a lifetime. Give it  a regular cleaning with warm, soapy water, using a soft brush and a gentle scrubbing motion. Store it in a quality,  felt-lined jewelry box to protect it from scratches. 

• Over time, your beautiful peridot jewelry may need repair or professional cleaning. We offer free and convenient cleaning and repair services for all of our gemstone pieces.

Peridot Buying Tips 

If you’re looking for your very own “Gem of the Sun” or you’d like to purchase peridot jewelry as a gift, review our buying tips to make the most of your purchase. 

1
Focus on the color that’s within your budget. Lighter-green peridots are often available for a lower price than darker ones.
2
Pick a metal that matches the style. Peridot jewelry is available in white gold, yellow gold and silver. Choose the metal that best matches your style or the style of the wearer.
3
Choose the cut that maximizes the best features for you or your loved one. Certain gemstone cuts will highlight peridot’s features differently. An emerald cut will highlight the stone’s green hues, while a round cut will highlight sparkle.

The best peridot is the one that offers your favorite features while keeping your budget in mind. Explore our wide selection of high-quality peridot jewelry to find the perfect piece.

Top Questions and Answers About Peridot

What are peridots?

Peridot is the gem of the mineral olivine. It is a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it a durable gemstone for many settings. These green gems have been revered since Ancient Egyptian times, holding popularity for centuries.

Is the peridot stone popular?

Yes, the peridot gemstone is incredibly popular. It's common for birthstone jewelry, anniversary gifts and even unique engagement ring.

What color is peridot?

Peridot's signature color is yellowish green. 

Where is the peridot gemstone found?

Peridots have been found on meteorites, in lava deposits and within the earth’s crust at sites around the world. Peridot gemstones have been found in China, Vietnam, the United States, Tanzania, Myanmar and Pakistan.

Does peridot have any special meaning?

First mined in Egypt over two millennia ago, peridot was, at that time, associated with sunlight. Today, peridot stones have additional meanings of strength and good health.

What other names is peridot known by?

The bright hues of the peridot gemstone have given it the nickname Gem of the Sun.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GEMSTONES

Like peridot, every gemstone has its own distinct characteristics that amaze and enthrall. Learn about other extraordinary gemstones, and choose the one you love best.

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