Peridot is a very attractive looking gemstone that is usually olive green in color. It‘s name is French and is pronounced as Pear-ih-doe. For the most part, Peridot is a rather rare gemstone. While it is not as valuable or as pricey as many other gemstones, it is usually difficult to mine and cultivate. Peridot is a wonderful gemstone that at its best takes on an attractive olive green hue. Other colors are available, but not as always as in demand as the Olive green color. Besides olive green, yellowish green, yellowish brown and brownish green are available.
Peridot is the commercial gemstone name for this magnesium iron mineral that sometimes is mixed with nickel and chromium. Chromium gives Peridot its beautiful green hue. In regular mineral form, Peridot is commonly called Olivine. Another mineral that is closely associated with Peridot in color and features is Chrysolite.
While Peridot can make a wonderful mineral for ornamental jewelry, if you are planning on wearing a piece that includes Peridot for everyday, you should reconsider. While high quality Peridot will last for generations, everyday wear especially with items such as rings, might not be the best choice, due to the fact that Peridot weathers extremely easy. You might want to consider a brooch, charm, earrings or a bracelet.
It is important to note that Peridot does have its jewelry niches. For those looking for a wonderful green gemstone that is not as bright or deep green as the emerald, the Peridot is perfect. These gemstones are commonly called “evening emerald”.