Found in lava, meteorites, and deep in the earth’s mantle, yellow-green peridot is the extreme gem.
Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone.
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
Some peridot is ancient: it's found in pallasite meteorites, remnants of our solar system's birth.
In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe.
Gem variety of the mineral olivine: found in peridotite rock from the earth’s upper mantle.
Peridot crystals are found in meteorites: some rare extraterrestrial crystals are even big enough to facet as cut gemstones.
Most gems are colored by impurities such as iron. Peridot's color is intrinsically yellow-green. Higher-quality stones have an intense color.
Peridot has extremely high double refraction: when you look closely through the gem, you can see two of each pavilion facet.
Beautiful, yellowish green peridot has been treasured since earliest times.