One that really stood out as we were designing our new pieces was Peridot. Peridot Jewelry has been around and dated as far back as the 2nd millennium BC found in several ancient Egyptian sites. While very popular in the ancient world it was also very rare and the few areas that were minable were quickly exhausted and the stone more or less fell into oblivion.
In the 1990s a large deposit was discovered in the hills of Pakistan, so large that all demand could easily be met and then some even though the mine is only capable of being worked in the summer months. After this Peridot was in nearly every gem show around the world and a lot of hype was building due to its fantastic olivine green brilliance. Today Peridot is mined all over the US as well as Australia, Brazil, China, and Mexico.
Peridot is actually a mineral called Olivine, when Olivine is of gemstone quality is then considered and called Peridot. Olivine is one of the most common mineral on earth and has even been found in meteorites, on the moon, and on Mars. It is the birthstone for August. Also unlike most other gemstones, Peridot in its pure form doesn't vary in color at all; it is a rich olive green. Although it does vary in shade due to the amount of iron in it from yellowish green to a deep olive green.
We use Peridot in several of our pieces and love its clarity and shine. Here are some of our favorites: