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With its striking green hues, Peridot is one of the most cherished gemstones across the world. It is clear to see why; whether it is set in silver or gold, it never fails to captivate and impress.
Peridot rings look particularly striking, as depending on the size of the stone they can be either simple and elegant, or the ultimate statement piece.
Peridot is unlike most other gemstones in the sense that it only appears in one colour. Whereas stones such as Topaz and Sapphire can be found in many different colours, Peridot will always be recognisable by its distinct green colouring. However, the shade and intensity of the green changes from stone to stone, meaning that no two Peridot rings will ever look exactly the same. The shades, dependent on how much iron is present within the mineral, can vary from a tawny yellow to a bright bottle green.
It is claimed that 80% of the worlds’ Peridot stones are mined in the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona, US, where the mining is under the control of the Apache families who live there. However, Peridot is also mined all across the world, in countries as diverse as Norway, South Africa, Mexico and Australia. On the island of Oahu in Hawaii, grains of Peridot can be found in the sand, causing the beaches to glitter with green.
Although often confused with Emeralds, Peridot stones have held their own identity for thousands of years, across the globe. The gemstone has been mined for over 4000 years, and references appear throughout history that show Peridot jewellery to be a favourite in many civilisations, from the Romans to the Egyptians – including Cleopatra herself. Peridot has long been regarded as a symbol of good luck and was reportedly often used by soldiers, who hoped that having the gemstones encrusted into the handles of their swords would bring them luck in battle.
These days, Perdiot is primarily admired for its beauty. It is also the birthstone for those born in the month of August, meaning that Peridot rings and other pieces of jewellery are often given as birthday gifts. It is also the stone associated with sixteen years of marriage, and so makes a unique anniversary gift that will be cherished for years to come. Peridot is a pleochroic gem, meaning that different colours can be seen in the gemstone depending on where it catches the light. This effect is particularly charming in Peridot rings, which will often move around and glimmer in the light.
Peridot rings look effortlessly elegant, whether they are set in silver or gold. Other stones are often placed alongside the enchanting green of the Peridot stone; clear diamonds enhance the vibrancy of the gem, while coloured stones such as blue Topaz, Amethyst and Garnet can bring Peridot to life in a sumptuous collection of colour. Whether you opt for a simplistic ring or a statement piece, Peridot is a gemstone guaranteed to capture attention and add a stylish touch to each outfit.
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