Peridot is the vibrant yellow-green gemstone variety of the mineral olivine. It is usually found in volcanic rock deposits that are rich in iron and magnesium. The iron in peridot’s chemical composition causes its unique yellow-green coloring. This gemstone’s color range is very limited and includes brown-green hues to more yellowish-green and saturated solid green. The yellowish variety of this gemstone is the one most often used in fine jewelry, but any shade of this vibrant gemstone would make an amazing custom creation!
Peridot is deposited worldwide and does occur in the United States, it can be found in Arkansas, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico. Throughout history this gemstone has been confused often for other green gems, several notable times for emeralds. It is even speculated and Cleopatra’s famous emerald collect was actually green peridot.
Peridot is believed to be a gemstone talisman for protection. Superstition aside, this sentiment tied to peridot would make it a meaning center stone in any one of custom creations!
Peridot holds an average gemstone hardness of 7 on the Mohs Scale. It is not as durable as diamond or sapphire, so if you choose to set a peridot into one of our custom ring settings, it would need to be worn with care and might not be suitable for everyday jewelry. However, this glowing yellowish-green radiant cut gemstone shown here could make a stunning right hand ring. The featured magnificent green peridot option is currently available on our online gemstone list, and is just waiting to be made into a custom created work of art!
Let us at Knox Jewelers help you design a custom created piece of jewelry holding the lovely green radiant cut peridot featured here or any other available option on our gemstone list. Contact us today to get started!