Peridot with milky inclusions - photo by Michelle Jo
Peridot was used in jewelry thousands of years ago in Egypt and in Ancient Greece, but the gemstone was introduced to Europe only during the Middle Ages when it was brought back by Crusaders. The stone remained popular until about the 1700s, but then its popularity waned.
In the mid 1990s, peridot became popular again after a rich deposit of high quality stones was found in Pakistan. The high quality gemstones are known as “Kashmir peridots”.
Peridot crystal from Pakistan - photo by Rob Lavinsky of irocks.com
Peridot can be a yellow green, an olive green, an intense apple green or a brownish green, but it is always green. It is one of few gemstones that comes in only one colour. The intensity of the colour is dependant on the amount of ferrous iron present.
Peridot is sometimes treated with colourless oil, wax and/or resins to improve its appearance. It is safe to assume that inexpensive peridot has been treated in some way.
Store your peridot jewelry with care as the stone picks up scratches easily and can be difficult to polish. This gemstone is sensitive to quick temperature changes, so avoid steam cleaners and ultrasonic cleaners. Instead, clean peridot using mild dish soap. Peridot is also sensitive to acids, which will quickly remove the polish on the stones, so avoid using household cleaners when wearing peridot jewelry.
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