The Peridot is an olive-green gemstone from the olive group. The name derives from the Greek word “peridore”, which means “gold star”. It was revered as a valuable gemstone back in Roman times. The ancient Egyptians even called it the stone of the sun. It is an important gemstone that adorns numerous royal and sacred artifacts. Peridot’s powerful birefringence is one of its key distinguishing features. The Peridot represents happiness in life. Its golden yellow light gives off delicate vibrations which are said to have a positive effect on its owner. It is August’s birthstone.
What makes Peridot special is it occurs exclusively in a green shade. Very few gemstones exist only in a single color. The coloring substance is iron. The color palette can vary from a light, pistachio or olive-like yellow-green to a slightly brownish green. The most popular color is apple green. The intense green color is complemented by a light golden shimmer.
You can clean your Peridot carefully with lukewarm water. The gemstone should be protected from potential impact and scratches. Make sure to store it safely.
Peridot is found in Myanmar, Brazil, Pakistan, China and Kenya. Intense green Peridot has become very rare and large, clear stones over 5ct are especially hard to find. Our gemologists keep a special eye out for these intensely colored gemstones, which always have a bright apple-green color.