Peridot, the August birthstone, is a well-loved and ancient gemstone which has been used to create jewelry dating back to the Pharaohs in Egypt. It is, at the same time, one of the most contemporary-looking of all gemstones. The gem variety of the mineral Olivine, Peridot ranges from light green to olive-green; the most desirable color being deep olive-green with a slight yellowish tint. Because Peridot keeps its sparkling color under artificial light, it is sometimes called the “Evening Emerald.” But to my mind, Peridot’s vibrant, slightly offbeat color makes it feel like Emerald’s younger, hipper sister.
A Great Mixer
Not only does Peridot mix well with almost every other gemstone, its limelight works with silver and platinum, yellow, pink or white gold, as well as with pearls. Fashion-wise, Peridot’s yellow-green color can sometimes take on an almost neon aura, a perfect foil for this season’s runway trend of black-with-neon styles.
An International Choice
Fine jewelry makers including British designer Stephen Webster, German-born Tamara Comolli, and Mathon Paris are all using Peridot in their collections. The American designer Alexandra Mor, known for her stunning Limited-Edition and bespoke jewels, has helped jettison Peridot into the pantheon of “Haute Joaillerie.” Her one-of-a-kind Three-Stone Peridot and Diamond Ring left me swooning…along with several jewelry editors I know.
Indulge in Peridot
So is the sprightly green Peridot really Emerald’s little sister? I think Peridot is indeed all grown up and ready to dazzle on her own. August is the perfect month to make this cool, chic and contemporary-looking birthstone part of your permanent jewelry wardrobe.