Peridot is a very old gemstone originally used by Egyptians and while it dates back to over 200 years B.C. it is still right up-to-date and a modern favourite among jewellery purchasers.
The birthstone for the month of August and one of my favourite colours, the green gemstone contains very fine traces of iron which is what contributes to the hints of gold in the gemstone and is one of only a few gemstones to come in just one colour. The intensity of the colour is dependant on the amount of iron present and the stone itself while not particularly hard, will be able to stand up to good and regular use.
Olivine, of which peridot is the gem quality name for the mineral, is mainly a product of igneous intrusions where melted rock from deep within the earth erupts at the surface. The mineral crystallises as the rock cools. Certain meteorites also contain olivine (or peridot).
Most of the Peridot comes from igneous environments. These gems are formed deep within the mantle of the earth, and are brought the the surface by volcanic activity. Peridot is also found in certain types of meteorites, though these forms of Peridot are too rare and usually too small to be used as gemstones.
Peridot would be an ideal choice for August birthdays, 16th wedding anniversaries or any other gifting occasion. We have peridot set in necklaces, rings and earrings and is available in our popular storybook rings and solitaire rings.