Whether you’re shopping for a birthstone for an
August birthday or a 16th wedding anniversary,
peridot makes the perfect gift that will leave
others green with envy.
Peridot can be assessed with the same criteria as
diamonds—using color, clarity, cut, and carat weight
to determine value.
The finest peridots have a lovely lime green hue
without any hints of brown or yellow. Quality gems
have no inclusions visible to the naked eye, though
dark spots may be evident under a microscope. When
you look closely, due to double refraction, you may
see two of each facet on a peridot.
Thanks to rich deposits of peridot that were
discovered in Pakistan in the 1990s, the gemstone is
relatively inexpensive in smaller sizes, but prices
increase for larger stones. Commercially-mined
peridots typically measure six to 13 millimeters, so
faceted stones are generally about one carat in
Flawless peridots over five carats are very rare,
though gemstones as large as 22 carats have been cut
from basalt rock in Arizona—where most of the
world’s peridot is found. The world’s largest
peridot is a 310-carat gemstone in the Smithsonian
Museum in Washington, D.C.
Thankfully, there’s now enough raw material on the
market so that the perfect peridot can be found to
fit any taste or budget.
If you are looking for peridot birthstone jewelry,
to find a jeweler near you.