Peridot: one of the oldest known gemstones on Earth

Before peridot became August's official birthstone in 1912, ancient records document the mining of peridot as early as 1500 B.C. The main source of peridot was Topazos Island, now known as Zabargad or St. John’s Island, in the Egyptian Red Sea. Peridot was mined on this island for over 3500 years, mining ended around the time of World War II. 

While all peridots are green, it is found in different shades spanning from pale green, olive-green to even bright lime green. The most expensive peridots are sparkling lime-green without brown or yellow hues. Peridot gemstones smaller than three carats are very common but gemstones over five carats are rare and therefore have a higher value.

We stock a wide selection of Peridot in various shapes, and sizes. Call us for your entire Peridot needs at 1-800-811-3366.
Ancient Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” believing it protected its wearer from terrors of the night. Most scholars believe the name peridot is derived from the Arabic word ‘faridat’ which means gem. In Hawaii, the stone is involved in ancient folklore and is said to symbolize the tears of the Goddess Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and fire. 
Great article to read more in detail about GIA's Peridot Quality Factors
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Peridot Powers
In ancient times it was believed that Peridot was a gift of Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world.  When presented as a gift, Peridot is said to bring the wearer magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares.  It is also said to instill power, and influence through the wearing of the gemstone.
  • Brings good luck, peace and success to those who wear it
  • Protects the wearer against evil spirits and negativities of life
  • Great relaxing and stress reduction properties
Care Tips
  • Moh's Hardness: 6.5-7
  • Ultrasonic: Caution
  • Steamer: Not Safe
  • Heat: Extreme Caution – May cause fracturing or breakage
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New additional August birthstone: Spinel!

In 2016, Spinel was added to the official birthstone list for August by the American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America. Spinel comes in various shades of red, pink, purple and blue. These colour options offer excellent choices along with peridot greens. Call us for all your Spinel needs at 1-800-811-3366.
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