Green, mixed with tones of yellow and brown, define the color of the most precious stone of the mineral olivine, Peridot.
The birth stone for August, Peridot has many of the unique characteristics of more expensive gemstones, yet it remains affordable.
Ruby, sapphire and emerald are doubly refractive gemstones, yet this feature usually cannot be viewed with the naked eye. However, one can sometimes see the double image of pavilion facet junctions of a peridot when looking through the table.
The reflections and refractions of peridot cause a mosaic-like pattern of yellowish to brownish greens, yellow-greens, and lime-greens.
As with all colored gemstones, color is a crucial factor in determining beauty and value. For peridot, the degree of brown present will play a large role in determining the stones value. Those with a strong brownish color component are considered less desirable, and therefore are less valuable.
Peridot has a reputation of being somewhat
of an imposter. In ancient times, this green stone was often mistaken for emerald.
Historians now think the emeralds worn by Cleopatra were actually peridot
mined on an island off
In addition to the classical Egyptian
locality, peridot can be found in
Please visit us at Laneys Diamonds & Jewelry in New Town and let our highly trained staff help you select the peridot for that special August birthday or for the fashion forward woman as a self treat. The green apple crispness of Peridot is a perfect compliment to todays fashion scene with this cheerful summer color appealing to everyone across generations. Come see all of our wonderful peridot jewelry. We are sure that you will want to adorn yourself much like Cleopatra. As a Member of the American Gem Society, ethics, knowledge and consumer protection are paramount.
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