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The Skinny on Peridot

Peridot is the only gemstone that shares the same origin as the diamond: deep in the Earth's mantle (a-la lava and meteorites), not in the crust. As one of the earliest recorded gemstones mined in history from a tiny island in the Egyptian Red Sea called Zabargad (around 300 BC), some historians believe Cleopatra's famed Emeralds were actually peridot! It was the "gem of the sun" to Egyptians. To ancient Romans it deterred jealousy. Some believe it to bring positivity, prosperity and inner strength.

Whatever it may symbolize for you today, we've outlined points to help you understand value and what to ask to make an informed decision on the right Peridot for you or the one you love!


 
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Wild & Petsch Peridot
 

This natural peridot is courtesy of Wild & Petsch for the purpose of education - 4.72 carats from Pakistan.

 

Peridot is the only gemstone that shares the same origin as the diamond: deep in the Earth's mantle (a-la lava and meteorites), not in the crust.

As one of the earliest recorded gemstones mined in history from a tiny island in the Egyptian Red Sea called Zabargad (around 300 BC), some historians believe Cleopatra's famed Emeralds were actually peridot! It was the “gem of the sun” to Egyptians.

To ancient Romans it deterred jealousy. Some believe it to bring positivity, prosperity and inner strength.

Whatever they may symbolize for you today, we've outlined points to help you understand value and what to ask to make an informed decision on the peridot you will LOVE!


 

ZAFFIRO JEWELRY 

There are boundless reasons to love @ZaffiroJewelry. One is their epic vision for dynamic, non-traditional color combinations - and why we could not pick just one jewel to celebrate Peridot! These are from their Classic Collection, made of 22 karat yellow gold. Zaffiro often chooses stones based on their personalities, because “some are just livelier than others”. This is how we feel about Peridot, too!

 
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Peridot is one of the few gemstones that does not vary beyond an array of green with yellow hues, depending on iron content.

The most coveted are a rich, saturated green to yellow green. Swing farther to the olive side or more into the yellowish brown territory, the less valuable it is.

As is the case for most gemstones when it comes to clarity, fewer inclusions are better.

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The most prized peridots throughout history are from Zabargad, a tiny island in the Red Sea, although the mines are not currently in production. Like Rubies, Peridot found in the Mogok Valley in Myanmar are highly revered. They can also be found in a variety of places around the world such as Pakistan, China, Norway and Antarctica. In the US, thanks to ancient volcanic eruptions, they can be found in Arizona and the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Unlike many other gemstones, it is not a common practice for peridot to be “heat treated” to improve its color.


 
Mohs Scale of Hardness - Peridot
 

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The Mohs scale of hardness is important to consider when choosing a particular stone for a particular kind of wear. Mohs scale is the degree of mineral “hardness”, measured by the resistance which a smooth surface offers to abrasion: 1 (soft) to 10 (hard). For example, a 9 will scratch a gemstone that is an 8 or below. Simply put, the softer the stone, the more careful you need to be about wearing that stone in jewelry that may be exposed to more wear, such as a ring.

Peridot is a 7, which it shares with quartz. “7” is interesting to mention because common dust can contain minute particles of quartz. If present, any gemstone below 7 would be scratched when cleaning, so be sure to wash under warm water prior to wiping off dust! 

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A few jewelry care basics can keep your pieces looking their best, avoid damage and loss of gemstones.

WEAR: When dressing for day or night, jewelry should be the last thing on and the first thing off. Contact with chemicals such as fragrance, hairspray, nail polish remover, household cleaners and chlorine can harm jewelry. Remove jewelry when swimming, cleaning, gardening or playing sports, as active wear can damage or loosen settings - resulting in the loss of stones.

CHECK SETTINGS AND STONES: Inspect jewelry before wearing it to check if stone is chipped, loose or rattles in settings.

CLEANING: All precious metals, gemstones and pearls should be cleaned regularly, but require different care. For example, ultrasonic cleaners can shatter pearls or diminish the appearance of emeralds. For gemstones on the Mohs scale at 7 or above, a simple cleaning solution is warm water with mild soap and soft toothbrush. For those at 6 or below, replace the toothbrush with a soft cloth. Be sure the jewel is thoroughly rinsed and dry prior to storage. A soft polishing cloth will keep any precious metal looking its best. 

STORAGE: Keep jewelry individually stored in a pouch or box to avoid dents, scratching and tangles. Chemicals, humidity and excessive hot/cold conditions can tarnish some metals (apart from high karat gold) and damage gemstones and pearls. 

INSURANCE: For any jewelry of significant value, be sure to have it appraised, file any provenance and gemstone certifications in a secure place and be sure to have it insured.


 
Wild & Petsch Peridot

A special thank you to Wild & Petsch for sharing this spectacular peridot with me.