PERIDOT: The August Birthstone | Boca Raton, FL
The Birthstone of August
Peridot is the August birthstone and the 16th anniversary gemstone. It is believed to derive from the Arabic word ‘faridat’ meaning ‘gem’, some scholars agree the word peridot is rooted in the Greek word ‘peridona’ which means ‘giving plenty’. This may explain why peridot is associated with prosperity and good fortune.
Peridot History & Formation
Beautiful, yellowish green peridot has been treasured since earliest times. It is readily available for many types of jewelry and can be very affordable and attractive. When buying peridot, it can generally be assessed with the same criteria as diamonds: color, clarity, cut and carat weight to determine the value.
- COLOR. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in only one color: green. Peridot’s color ranges from pure green to yellowish green to greenish yellow. Although the best peridot is a pure grass green, most peridot is yellowish-green and is the most common peridot color seen in jewelry. The gem’s colors tend to be at their finest in stones weighing 10 carats and above. Lower-quality peridot is brownish. The higher-quality stones have an intense color.
- CLARITY. Most fine peridot is eye clean. Tiny black spots might be visible with magnification. Other inclusions common in peridot are reflective, disk-shaped inclusions called “lily pads.” Inclusions are common in larger stones and tend to be milky in appearance. The number of inclusions will affect the value of the stone.
- CUT. Peridot's transparency is used to its full potential by faceting it. It is available in many shapes and cuts. Production includes all the standard gem shapes such as round, oval, pear, cushion, triangle, and marquise shapes. The cut does not affect the color in any way and so the value is not necessarily affected.
- CARAT WEIGHT. The gem is relatively inexpensive in smaller sizes, but prices rise for gems above 4 carats or larger than 10×8 mm. The finest large peridots come from Myanmar and more recently, from a source high in the Himalayas of Pakistan. More-standard sizes and qualities come mostly from the Arizona and China.
Peridot Jewelry in Boca Raton
Visit our jewelry store in Boca Raton, Florida to take a look at our selection of peridot jewelry.