In this blog article, we are focussing on Peridots and the creation of beautiful Peridot jewellery. Peridot stone is also known as Chrysolite or Olivine, and it has been in use for many thousands of years. These gorgeous green stones are one of the few natural gemstones that occur in only one colour, but the greens do vary, with lower-quality Peridots being a darker brownish green. The most common Peridot colour is of a yellowish hue. The higher-quality stones have an intense pure green colour. Pure green stones are rare, and they are sometimes confused with Emeralds in gemstone jewellery.
Gemstone fact: Peridot crystals have been collected from meteorites in the past!
They certainly have a rich history in Royal and aristocratic circles and are said to have been one of Cleopatra’s favourite gems. At the time, the ancient Egyptians called them “the gem of the sun”. Nowadays Peridot is the national gem of Egypt.
The creation of the Peridot stone is particularly interesting. Most gemstones are metamorphic, formed in the Earth’s crust under great pressures. These beautiful green stones however, like diamonds, are formed in liquid magma, deep in the Earth’s mantle, up to 55 miles below the surface! Forced up by volcanic activity, the rock then cool and lay hidden in the Earth’s crust for us to find.
In Hawaii, there is a green sand beach (also known as Papakōlea Beach and Mahana Beach) which contains small Olivine crystals that formed during an eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano about 49.000 years ago. The green sand contains tiny Olivine grains and small pieces of lava and shell fragments. These Olivine crystals is what gives the green colour to the sand. So if you are heading to Hawaii any time soon, take a trip to Papakōlea Beach and sunbathe on this raw form of Peridots!
Peridot is not only born of fire here on Earth but they have also been found in some meteorites, making it one of the few gems known to exist outside of our solar system. Although many different gems can be found in meteorites that have fallen to earth, Peridot is the only one that is found in large enough sizes to make jewellery. In 1749, a meteorite landed in a desolate area of Siberia. It was found to contain many pieces of Peridot crystals large enough to be set into jewellery.
Peridot is the birthstone for August, a very apt month for the gem of the sun. Although, they have been found all over the globe, these green natural stones are produced mainly in the United States, with Arizona being the principal state for mining. The world’s largest cut Peridot is 311 carats and was discovered in Egypt. It is currently housed at the Smithsonian Museums, in the USA.
Among Peridot healing properties over the years is the belief that it alleviates jealousy and greed, perhaps due to its bright green colouring. This stone was first used as a talisman in the ancient world. It has a longstanding mystical reputation and was once thought to ward off anxiety.
This natural stone is also said to open our hearts to joy and new relationships, enhance confidence and assertion, motivating growth and change. Its association with the sun, means that wearing Peridot crystals can shine a light on negative emotions and clean a person’s outlook. Whatever your view on these popular beliefs is, it is certain that a gift containing a Peridot birthstone can’t help but brighten someone’s day.
Isabela: Peridot earrings
The best and safest way for you to clean your Peridots, is with warm, soapy water. You should also protect your stone from scratches and sharp blows and avoid any contact with chemicals. This gemstone should not be cleaned in ultrasonic or steam cleaners.
We hope you are fascinated by this beautiful semi-precious stone. It is certainly one of the most beautiful gems in the world of affordable luxury!
Interested in buying some Peridot jewellery? Check out our pieces displaying this beautiful green stone. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact our Bespoke Services team to customise a piece specially made for you.