The peridot is a gemstone I will always think of fondly. I come from a family of women who proudly wore family jewelry, namely in the form of “statement” rings. Growing up, my mom had a beautiful ring that had a small peridot at its center, surrounded by a square of onyx. I used to try wearing it at dinner on a regular basis, so much so that a few years ago, my mother decided to let me have it. I keep it on display on my dresser and while I wear it out for nice events occasionally, I mostly love to stare at it because it’s so unusual.
Peridot is one of the only gemstones that comes in only one color: olive green. Depending on the iron count in the gem, though, gems can appear pale yellow/green all the way to a rich deep olive color (the most prized version). While the origin of the name “Peridot” is unclear (some people think it comes from the Arabic word faridat, which means “gem”), it’s clear that this particular gemstone has been around – and popular – for a long time. Peridots were mentioned in the Bible (as “Pitdah” in Hebrew) and are believed to have been first discovered in Egypt, though they’re now sourced worldwide. Fun facts? So far, peridot is the only gemstone found in meteorites and they’ve also been referred to as “the poor man’s emerald“. Tough nickname or not, these gems will always be some of my favorites and such a beautiful color to use for inspiration at home. –Grace
Design by Maxwell Tielman.