If your birthday doesn’t fall in the month of August, you may have never heard of Peridot. Even if you are familiar with this bright green gemstone, there’s a chance you weren’t aware of its unique origin and lore.
Whether it’s your birthstone, you’re celebrating your 16th wedding anniversary (yes — there’s a gemstone for that!), or you’re simply a trendsetter looking to add an accent piece to your collection … there’s so much more than meets the eye of this kiwi-colored gem!
What Makes Peridot Even More Intriguing Than Its Distinctive Hue?
Peridot is formed deep within the Earth from the mineral olivine (hence its olive-green color) and is only brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions or, occasionally, powerful earthquakes.
Even rarer, it’s the only gemstone to be found in meteorites — the fragmented rock and iron that has fallen from outer space, often referred to as falling stars. However, only a few of them have offered gem-quality stones. Because of its rarity, you’re not likely to find extraterrestrial Peridot in your local jewelry store.
Today, Peridot is mostly mined from two locations — Arizona in the U.S. and the country of Burma in Southeast Asia. Its appearance will vary greatly depending on which location it originated from.
If mined in Arizona, it will have a warmer, yellow hue and is usually under 5 carats in size. On the other hand, Burma Peridot tends to have a deeper, richer green color and are larger stones (5 carats plus).
Peridot is an ancient gemstone — the earliest and rarest pieces can be traced back to a small volcanic island in the Red Sea, now known as Zabargad Island. Ancient Egyptians of this time thought of it as “the gem of the sun”, a stone associated with light that counters the effects of negative emotions. They even believed it protected its wearer from night terrors.
It’s been said to be used in the medicinal world for its warming, calming feel and healing properties. It’s also associated with prosperity, success, loyalty, and good fortune.
No matter the reason you’re drawn to this lush green gemstone, there are many ways you can make Peridot work for you and your style.
How to Make Peridot Work for You
Peridot is most often paired in multicolor jewelry — you can pair it with other bright gemstones and metallic for a bolder look or keep it classic by pairing it with neutrals, pastels, and deep shaded stones. If you desire a more earthy style, then you should pair these gemstones with browns and taupes.
For a timeless, everyday look, Peridot is beautiful by itself in any gold setting such as a simple Peridot pendant or Peridot stud earrings.
There are many reasons to add Peridot to your collection, birthstone or not. At Brinker’s Jewelers, our knowledgeable sales associates can help you pick out the Peridot piece that accentuates your personal style!