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Peridot is the traditional birthstone for the month of August. The gem quality variety of Olivene, this lovely green stone has been associated with late Summer birthdays for centuries.
Ranging in color from a deep almost soulfully murky green to a light bright Spring grass green Peridot is one of the most refractive of the green gems. (There are other more refractive green gems, but many are rare, or rare in good quality sized stones.)
I often think that Peridot is the perfect green for a jeweler because it is, in general, a shade of green that can look good with either yellow or silver metals. For designers this is a magnificent stone.
Associated with volcanic activity Peridot occurs in Hawaii, Pakistan, and Arizona among other locales.
In fact Hawaii is famous for its green Olivene beach. (Relative
Arizona is, by far, the most significant source of Peridot. There are few things more beautiful than a dish of dazzling green Peridot rough under the blazing Arizona desert sun.
Despite the obvious beauty of this unassuming green stone, good quality stones –-in small sizes– are usually relatively reasonably priced. (The per carat price of larger specimens of Peridot increases exponentially. Only a fraction of Peridot discovered can be cut into a stone with a weight of more than 3 carats. Five, Ten and even Twenty carat perfect Peridots do occur, but they are rare and commensurately priced.)
We love Peridot because –besides being a magnificent green– it is also a great mix and match stone.
We particularly love this one of a kind peridot and turquoise necklace. A true gift of the desert.