My Favourite Gemstones : Peridot

Peridot was one of the first gemstones that I bought, mainly because of the price-to-quantity ratio. That purchase consisted of a strand of small chips. When they arrived, and I drew the strand out of its rather cloudy zip-lock bag, I was stunned! These tiny chips were amazing. They shone with an inner light, in a way that I’d never seen before, especially in our lounge, which is seldom brightly lit. In fact, I’m happy to describe my reaction as one of awe!

I’ve since learnt that such tiny chips aren’t really that wise a purchase. Peridot is somewhat prone to breakage, and these tiny, jagged shapes are very vulnerable to damage. They are most likely to survive in jewellery that is more protected, such as earrings and necklaces. Bracelets and rings are not recommended, until larger stones are obtained.

Having seen peridot in real life, I now long to get some larger stones, preferably faceted (form is less important). That inner light I witnessed is, apparently, a well known characteristic. In fact, ancient miners are believed to have abstracted it at night!

I can heartily recommend peridot. Just remember that it must be treated gently!

Recently I learnt that peridot is the birthstone of one of my wife’s colleagues.  As I still have some, it seemed to be right to make her a bracelet:

Corinna Bracelet

Corinna Bracelet


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