Peridot : The Emerald of the Night

Peridot boasts a colour synonymous with lush vegetation. A colour that can be a perfect complement to any piece of jewellery, Peridot has a Green to Yellowish Green body colour that comes from traces of iron.

Having worked with gemstones in both studded and loose conditions I am still awe of the fact that every gemstone that I touch tells a whole new story.

Here’s what you should be looking for in a Peridot :

  1. These stones are a Doubly Refractive, which means they take a single ray of light and break it into two because of its natural structure. This can also be seen in larger stones without any magnification.
  2. The Peridot is known for its Lilypad Inclusions that appear to be disk like and are highly reflective.
  3. Always look out for a rich Golden/Yellowish Green bodycolor
  4. A gem that has a lower hardness, facet edges are often abraded due to daily wear and tear
Distinctive Lilypad inclusions

Peridot also has Chromite inclusions which look like black crystals that generally have stress cracks around them as you can see in the image below. When these natural crystals are a treat for any gemmologist, if present in a stone, it could reduce the gem’s value.

Chromite crystal with stress cracks in a stone through my loupe.

Care for your Peridot Jewellery

Once you own a spectacular Peridot, it always pays to take good care of it. You would not want your stone to loose its lustre over time with dirt and grime or even break apart because of carelessness.

  1. A softer gem with a hardness of 6.5, always be weary of your gemstone, as it can easily chip. Always remove your Peridot jewellery in the pool, doing gardening, or even at the gym
  2. You can opt to clean your own piece of jewellery with an old soft bristled toothbrush and warm soapy water. Always remember to use a bowl so incase any stone comes undone you can always catch it in the bowl.

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