August Birthstone ~ Peridot

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Cleopatra Wore Peridots

The Peridot is one of the oldest gems dating back to 1500 BC. The Egyptians called it “faridat,” the gem of the sun. The French named this gem is “peritot” – which means gold – perhaps because the stone can vary its shade toward the colour gold in the sunlight. In ancient Egypt, some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually Peridot gems. (Cleopatra photo provided by Peridot is very similar to an Emerald, but the stone is less intensive and softer. In the 19th Century, the mines on Zabargad Island (35 miles off the Egyptian coast) produced millions of dollars worth of Peridot. Mining Peridot has diminished over the years. It is believed that the Peridot you see on the market today is most likely  ‘old’ Peridot not ‘new’ Peridot.
If you are nearing your 16th anniversary, celebrate it with the official Peridot.

Dark Green Shade of Peridot
Dark Green Shade of Peridot

The intensity of color depends on the amount of iron present in a Peridot. The more iron, the deeper the colour. The dark green Peridot also have a higher price tag.

Lighter Shade Of GREEN
Popular pale green is common for this gem. They are now mined in places like Mexico, Arizona and the middle east. The finest quality Peridot is found in Pakistan.

Typical Paridot Colour
Typical Paridot Colour
Green gem Platinum ring 2.40 Ct with .30 Ct diamond cluster at Lorne Park Jewellers.
Green Gem Platinum ring 2.40 Ct with .30 Ct diamond cluster at Lorne Park Jewellers.

vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an onsite Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
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Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
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