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Peridot Guide

Peridot is an enchanting gemstone set apart by its alluring green colour. This stone’s calming hues and excellent translucency make it a joy to look at, especially when it’s sparkling on your finger or wrapped around your wrist. First mined in Egypt over two millennia ago, peridot was, at that time, associated with sunlight. Today, it symbolizes strength and good health and is crafted into an array of dazzling jewellery styles. Find out more about peridot to make you fall in love with this exquisite gemstone beauty.
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What is peridot?

Peridot is a gemstone variety of the mineral olivine. A gemstone of vivid colour, 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.


Greenish Yellow
  • Emerald
  • Round
  • Cushion
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China, Vietnam, Tanzania, United States
Strength, Good Health
Mood-boosting, Creativity
6.5 to 7




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

Similar Gemstones

  • Emerald
  • Citrine
  • Aquamarine

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 jewellery.

Peridot is one of the few green-coloured 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:


    Gemstone colour is probably the most important aspect of a gem. The most desirable peridot gemstones feature a rich green colour 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 colour. We offer a wide range of peridots in lighter and deeper colours to meet different styles and budgets. Consider the peridot stone shape and hue that most appeals to you.
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  • CUT

    Though it has a smaller colour 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 colour and brilliance. An emerald cut enhances the colour of peridot, while round and oval cuts maximise sparkle.

    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.

    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.

    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 colour and clarity of our peridot jewellery.

Hardness & Wearability

On the Mohs hardness scale, peridot ranks from 6.5 to 7, making it a fairly durable gemstone for any type of jewellery 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 jewellery for a lifetime.

Choosing the Right Peridot Jewellery

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

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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 favourite 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 colours. It was believed that peridots could provide protection from evil. Today, peridot gemstones symbolize strength and good health.

As with all jewellery, 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 colour.

Matching Metals to Peridot

We offer jewellery 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 setting will allow the gem to shine without contrasting colours. A yellow gold setting, on the other hand, will complement the tones of peridot and create colour 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 Jewellery

  • Practicing the proper gemstone care will keep your peridot jewellery 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 jewellery box to protect it from scratches.
  • Over time, your beautiful peridot jewellery may need repair or professional cleaning. We offer free and convenient cleaning and repair services for all of our gemstone pieces.

Buying Tips

If you’re looking for your very own “Gem of the Sun” or you’d like to purchase peridot jewellery as a gift, review our buying tips to make the most of your purchase.
  1. 1
    Focus on the colour that’s within your budget. Lighter-green peridots are often available for a lower price than darker ones.
  2. 2
    Pick a metal that matches the style. Peridot jewellery is available in white gold, yellow gold and silver. Choose the metal that best matches your style or the style of the wearer.
  3. 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 favourite features while keeping your budget in mind. Explore our wide selection of high-quality peridot jewellery to find the perfect piece.

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