Did you know that the word peridot comes from Arabic "faridat" and means "gem"?
It is a birthstone for August and is sometimes called "olivine" or "chrysolite".
Here are some fun fact about this unique gem:
Peridot's colour ranges from yellowish green to greenish yellow
A strong green colour and no yellow or brown hues is more sought-after and more valuable
Peridot is typically transparent and eye-clean (shows no noticeable inclusions)
Cleopatra's famous emerald collection might have actually been peridot. Throughout history emeralds and peridot have often been confused and mistaken for one another.
Peridot is one of the most affordable gems which is why it is very popular in the mass-market jewellery, along with garnet and amethyst.
Arizona's San Carlos Reservation in the US is considered to be the main source of peridot.
Other sources include Myanmar and Pakistan. Typically, finer peridot of higher quality is found there.
Peridot was especially popular during the Victorian and Edwardian Era when bright coloured gemstones were the height of fashion.
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Peridot is considered plentiful and relatively inexpensive.
It is available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items. But don’t go too small, the smaller the stone, the lighter the colour looks.
Larger stones show more saturated colour so I recommend going larger to really appreciate this unique gemstone's vibrancy.
Unlike many other coloured gemstone like sapphires and emeralds, peridot does not undergo any treatments.
Peridot is also known for the following traits:
powerful aid to repairing and maintaining friendships
commonly linked to protection against evil
has the ability to keep you calm and safe no matter what is going on around you
brings good health, restful sleep and prevents nightmares
Do you know what powers and qualities your birthstone holds?
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In terms of hardness, peridot scores a 6.5 - 7 out of 10 on Moh's scale.
It is considered to be on the soft side compared to other gemstones. Peridot scratches easily and therefore requires more care.
With sapphires and rubies at 9 and diamonds at 10, these can scratch your peridot if not stored properly or if they rub against each other.
Although I would not recommend peridot for an engagement ring, it makes a great option for large cocktail rings (for occasional wear) and other jewellery such as pendants and earrings.
Pro Tip: don't shy away from adding this gorgeous gemstone to your collection, just be careful while wearing it.
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