Behind the Sparkle: Peridot

This yellow-green gem is out of this world in more ways than one!

by Bethany Hawn – August 25, 2017

Peridot is an stunning, yellow-Green gem found deep in the earth mantle. It is a relatively soft gem and needs special care while wearing and cleaning. Peridot has strong double refraction, which means when light enters the gem, it splits in two – making facets appear doubled. This unique characteristic is used by gemologist to identify the stone. This technique is also used to separate moissanite from diamond.

The ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, the source for many large, fine peridots in museums across the world. The Egyptians called peridot, “gem of the sun.” This is an interesting observation as peridot, on rare occasion, comes from an extraterrestrial source. Peridot has been found in meteorites that have fallen to earth and in comet dust brought back from the Stardust Robotic Space Probe in 2005.

Today, this gem is still prized for its yellow-green hues and long history. Large strongly-colored examples can be spectacular, and attractive smaller gems are available for jewelry at all price points. Whether you have an interest in the extraterrestrial or a birthday in August, peridot can make a truly unique addition to any jewelry collection.

Check out Bethany’s website, bethanysjewelry.com, to shop our selection of peridot jewelry. Use promo code “outofthisworld” to get an additional 10% off, or mention this feature in store.

Credits:
Idea/Concept: Bethany Hawn
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Bethany Hawn

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