Peridot is easily a favorite gem here at JBD - it’s one of the birthstones for the month of August as well as the gemstone for 16th wedding anniversaries! Peridot is certainly a gem of celebration that fits perfectly in this warm summer month.
The highest quality peridot is often a pure grass green, making us here at JBD think of long Alabama summer days spent out in the sunshine. Peridot can have a more yellowish green hue, historically making it easier to confuse with topaz or emerald. In ancient times, peridot was mined by Egyptians on Zabargad, an island in the Red Sea. These ancient Egyptians appropriately nicknamed peridot “the gem of the sun”!
These days, Mayanmar (formerly Burma), China, Pakistan, and the United States are the most productive sources of peridot. Arizona specifically is our main source for peridot here in the U.S.
But here’s the big question - what makes peridot so spacey and special?! Well, it was actually found in comet dust brought back by the space probe Stardust in 1999… Not to mention it’s also found in pallasite meteorites! Pallasite meteorites are stony iron meteorites made of iron and olivine silicate (the mineral Peridot comes from). The last observed fall of one of these meteorites was in 1981, but the meteorite wasn’t recovered until 1990! It was named Omolon and weighed around 550 pounds. Peridot is totally out of this world - but it’s in our store today! Stop by so we can show you our beautiful peridot pieces - or come in with your own unique idea and we’ll bring it to life!
All of the information in this article came from the Gemological Institute of America and The Meteoritical Society. Our master jeweler, Mr. Mark Nelson, is G.I.A. graduate diamond expert. We are proud to be associated with such a fine institute!