Hold a peridot under a candle light or a lamp, and you’ll be instantly enamored by its vibrant hues in green and golden. The Romans nicknamed it as the ‘Evening Emerald’ while the ancient Egyptians regarded it as the ‘gem of the sun’. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that exudes its rich color without any inclusions or heat treatment. The name peridot is a French word derived from the Arabic – faridat, meaning a gem.
Peridot’s chartreuse green hue with a hint of golden truly matches the refined and beaming persona of an August born. Besides, it is the perfect gemstone to go with a woman’s sublime and understated elegance. Whether set in silver, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or platinum, the peridot looks distinctive to every discerning eye. This gemstone is easily available and mined from various parts of the world, including Pakistan, Burma, Australia and Arizona.
Interestingly it is believed that Queen Cleopatra’s collection of emeralds were in fact peridots. This gem has been mentioned in several ancient texts and folklores. It was also considered to be a powerful amulet that kept evil spirits at bay. This lovely green gem has excellent healing properties and is known for enhancing confidence and self-esteem.
Certainly, the peridot is not a very hard gemstone and rated 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. But when mounted securely on a ring, pendant or earrings, it can be worn on a regular basis as well. This stunning gem can also be teamed with other colored gemstones for a summery appeal or illuminated with diamonds for a luxurious edge. Peridots look magnificent on cocktail rings and earrings and come in assorted cuts and shapes. If you are a peridot enthusiast and a lover of its earthy green shade, you must check out the vast collection of vintage inspired and modern peridot jewelry pieces at Angara.