Peridot Engagement Rings

- The Complete Guide

1. Introduction



A stone with a vivid green hue of spring denoting timeless symbolism, peridot is a birthstone of people born in month of August.


Golden green with a sparkling appearance, Peridots belongs to the mineral family of Olivine. Peridot is found deep in earth’s mantle, lava, meteorites and classified as an extreme gem by GIA.


The origin of its name is uncertain and is believed that its name is either derived from the French word ‘peritot’ which translates to gold or from the Arabic word “faridat,” which means “gem.”

2. Meaning


Gathering information from writings, books and folklore, it is believed that peridot was known to sharpen the mind, increase self-awareness and kindle the feelings of love.

3. History


The lustre and brilliance of these gems made it a favourite among the early Egyptians who referred to the gem as being the “gem of the sun”. Offered to the Gods by the people of that time, peridots were used in holy breastplates and as carved talismans.


Known to be one of the the oldest known gemstone, these ethereal gems are still mounted on the Shrine of the Three Kings in the holy Cologne Cathedral of Germany.


In ancient times, people use to confuse peridot with emerald. It is also believed that Cleopatra’s famous collection of emeralds might have been peridots instead.

4. Origin


Some of the first golden hued peridots were mined from the Egyptian, Red Sea on an island that is today called Zabargad or St Johns Island. Once noted to be a major producer, it now rests within the canal.


A gem that forms under high temperatures, peridots have been unearthed from the depths of magma channels because of the gems density. This is also the reason why peridots sometimes get trapped within diamonds that also form at high temperatures and pressures.


Currently, the most vivid and valuable deposits are found in Pakistan near the border region of Afghanistan-Pakistan.


Other popular sources of peridot include Myanmar, China, South Africa, Australia and Arizona in USA.

5. Physical Properties


Mineral Family Olivine
Refractive Index 1.650 to 1.703
Colors Yellow-green, olive-green, brownish
Luster  Oily to vitreous.
Hardness 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale
Transparency  Transparent
Birthstone  August
Popular Shapes Emerald, Cushion, Oval & Round
Popular Sizes 2.00 Carats ~ 4.0 Carats

6. Noteworthy Peridot

The largest cut peridot found is 311.78 carats discovered in Zabargad Island of Egypt and displayed at the Smithsonian Museums, USA.

7. Buying a Peridot Engagement Ring

Eye-catching for their distinctive look, peridot engagement rings are popular among couples seeking a birthstone engagement ring or among couples who love the rich & bright color of vivid spring green.


Choosing a deep colored Peridot wisely will complement the custom setting and make the ring stand out and shine in brilliance.




Color being the most important factor, a peridot gets its hues from the element Iron, which gets intertwined into the chemical combination of the gem. Peridot is among the few gemstones that appear in a single color, in this instance green.

Although peridot comes in different shades of green, the most desirable and valuable color in peridot is the deep and intense green.

At Nolan and Vada, our peridots are deep colored and hand-picked for their luster and brilliance.



Peridot display a strong doubling at facet junctions thus involving a lot of attention and precision when being cut.

Cut to reveal a range of shapes from the rough, peridots are often cut as ovals, rounds, cushions, emeralds and even mixed cuts.




Generally, peridots are less included than other gemstones and most of them are eye clean meaning they lack visible inclusions seen by the naked eye.

Peridots are available in abundance and known for their excellent transparency hence you should not compromise on clarity of the gem. At Nolan and Vada, we hand pick peridots high in clarity where inclusions are not visible to naked eye (eye-clean).




Available in abundance in small and larger sizes, peridot is relatively an inexpensive gemstone as compared to other gemstones.

Popular size in carat weights for engagement rings among peridots fall under 2.00 carats ~ 4.00 carats

8. Enhancements

Usually peridots are not treated or enhanced in any way but there are recent reports where some cut peridots are enhanced using a process called “metal-foiled” in order to improve their stability and color.

Please note that all our peridots are untreated and free from any enhancements.

9. Certification

At Nolan and Vada, we only sell 100% natural gemstones and for your peace of mind, every order comes with a complementary lab report and an insurance appraisal from a well-qualified & independent jewellery valuer accredited by Jewellery Valuers Society Inc. (JVS)

10. Care

Peridot rate 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness and is considered to be durable but softer than other gemstones hence it must be loved and cared for in order to last for generations.


One of the most efficient, safe and effective method to clean your peridot engagement rings is in warm soapy water


  • Take a bowl of warm water with a dash of mild soap and a soft bristled toothbrush.


  • Gently scrub away the dirt and grime from the hard to reach spots.


  • Rinse and pat your ring dry with a soft lint free cloth.

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