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.