Peridot

Found in lava, meteorites, and deep in the earth’s mantle, yellow-green peridot is the extreme gem.

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BIRTHSTONES &
ANNIVERSARIES

Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone.

 

ABOUT PERIDOT

The ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, the source for many large fine peridots in the world’s museums. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Today this gem is still prized for its restful yellowish green hues and long history. Large strongly-colored, examples can be spectacular, and attractive smaller gems are available for jewelry at all price points.


WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE

4.5 BILLION

Some peridot is ancient: it's found in pallasite meteorites, remnants of our solar system's birth.

STARDUST

In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe.

OLIVINE

Gem variety of the mineral olivine: found in peridotite rock from the earth’s upper mantle.

EXTRATERRESTRIAL

Peridot crystals are found in meteorites: some rare extraterrestrial crystals are even big enough to facet as cut gemstones.

IRON GEM

Most gems are colored by impurities such as iron. Peridot's color is intrinsically yellow-green. Higher-quality stones have an intense color.

SEEING DOUBLE

Peridot has extremely high double refraction: when you look closely through the gem, you can see two of each pavilion facet.


QUALITY FACTORS

Beautiful, yellowish green peridot has been treasured since earliest times.

CUT Peridot is cut in a wide variety of styles, including ovals, emerald cuts, and cushions.

CUT
Peridot is cut in a wide variety of styles, including ovals, emerald cuts, and cushions.

COLOR Although the best peridot is a pure grass green, most peridot is yellowish-green.

COLOR
Although the best peridot is a pure grass green, most peridot is yellowish-green.

CLARITY Most fine peridot is eye clean. Tiny black spots might be visible with magnification.

CLARITY
Most fine peridot is eye clean. Tiny black spots might be visible with magnification.

CARAT WEIGHT Large crystals of peridot have cut gems more than 50 carats in size.

CARAT WEIGHT
Large crystals of peridot have cut gems more than 50 carats in size.