Often called the evening emerald, the shimmering, pale green peridot is commonly associated with spirituality and self-expression. The actual word of origin for peridot is from the French word péridot, meaning "unclear," because of the numerous ambiguities found within the gemstone.
Peridot: It's So Easy Being Green
Peridot is the national gem of Egypt, and the ancient Egyptians knew it as the gem of the sun. Peridot is given as a symbol of fame, dignity, and protection. Chrysolite, an older German word, was also used to describe the gem before the word peridot was applied to all gem-quality peridot stones.
Our objective at Ross-Simons is to find the most exclusive collection of peridot rings, earrings, necklaces and peridot bracelets in the world and present them to you on our web site. We strive to treat you with a view that is beautiful, titillating, unique and of the highest quality, both in our contemporary Peridot jewelry and vintage peridot jewelry selections. Visit our web site and feast your eyes on the peridots that Cleopatra loved!
the birthstone of the month of August, peridot is only found in one color — green. Historians are now convinced that some, if not all, of the emeralds that Cleopatra was famous for wearing were not actually emeralds but deep green peridot stones from Egypt. More about colored gemstones.
Good cheer seems to emanate from this friendly bright green stone, which looks beautiful mounted in gold or silver. peridot is reputed to inspire eloquence, creativity and to bring delight whether in the form of earrings, bracelets, necklaces or even peridot rings. An intriguing facet of peridot is its double refraction: when you look through it, things appear double.
A gem quality Olivine, the shade and depth of green color present in peridot comes from the amount of iron present in the stone, and the deeper the green, the smaller the amount of iron that is present.
New sources of peridot include Arizona, Mexico, Oregon, Norway, Pakistan, Russia and Sri Lanka. The Canary Islands, China, Brazil, Norway, Hawaii, Australia, Egypt, and South Africa provide the finest gem quality peridot stones.
Peridot Jewelry Care & Handling
Peridot, although relatively hard (6.5-7 on the Mohs scale) should be spared from rugged wear. The best way to clean your peridot is with warm, soapy water. You should protect it from scratching and sharp blows that can fracture or shatter the stone. Avoid large temperature changes, and keep your peridot protected in your Ross-Simons presentation box.