Yes – it’s true!
I did indeed find it in my lovely peridot ring.
Peridot is one of my favorite stones. It makes me feel happy. Happy on a dreary winter’s day when the cold wind blows. The cloudless sky and the leafless trees aren't helping either.
I decided to talk about gemstones several days ago as some people are so limited because the price holds them back or they have never taken the time to research the stones. That’s where I come in.
Today we’ll look at Peridot (pear-ah-doe).
Peridot has a lengthy history so it is well known and ancient. Believe it or not but peridot jewelry has been dated back to the Egyptian Pharaohs. Having seen the artistry in person I can say it is truly amazing.
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color and in this case, that color is an olive-green. Before you think yuck, hear me out.
It is also one of the few stones where the natural color can’t be enhanced. In my heart of hearts, I just know that little uncut peridot is thinking..”Oh Honey, I got it and I’m about to flaunt it!”
It is the intensity and the tint of the green that sets different stones apart. I will be the first to admit that some of the dark greens appear almost black in certain light but the lighter stones remind me of new grass but a little watery in color.
Even though I’ve talked about green, it is important to note that peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish green. We owe all that lovely green to the mineral Olivine.
Now that you have an idea about color lets discuss costs. Peridot can be as low as $1.00 per caret or as high as $900.00 a caret. Geography always affects gemstone quality and cost and you guessed it, peridot runs with the gemstone pack in regard to that. Peridot from Burma and Pakistan will normally be much higher in price but it is mined the world over so it can fit into any budget.
So how do you as a consumer know the value in a peridot when you see one?
That’s an interesting question and well worth answering.
1: Lighter stones are less expensive when compared to deeper greens. Turn off’s for people are brown tones in the stone.
2: Larger stones have a deeper and richer color. Larger and deeper equals higher price per caret.
3: Unlike some gemstones, since peridot is found all over the world, there is a good supply and quality to match. Since stones abound, it is very easy to find great pieces without tossing your budget into the wind. It is even possible to buy matching pieces cut from the same stone (think earrings with the same clarity).
4: Any time of year is a great time to wear peridot. This little gem, born from the fiery earth like a diamond, helps us to mark the passage of time because it looks good no matter what the season. Okay, okay, that’s only my opinion but I say enough of winter and lets ring in spring.
5: Be eco-friendly and go PERIDOT. Do a little bit of research and see the wonderful pieces that it can become. You might just be surprised.
Helping you make a statement without saying a word.
Lierrebridal.com is currently selling select pieces of peridot starting at $19.00. Here's a sampling but checkout the website for other pieces.