Trends come and go, fashion is always changing and the world of jewellery is no different. What is considered the height of fashion one year is out the next, so why is it that some things never seem to go out of fashion? Peridot jewellery is one of those things which fashion can never quite forget, demand remains high year on year. So what exactly is the peridot gemstone and why is peridot jewellery so popular?
Gemstones have been a popular feature in jewellery throughout history and the peridot gemstone remains very popular today. Peridot is a striking green gemstone and is one of the only gemstones that are only found in one colour. The shades of the peridot stone vary from a light green all the way to a deep brown-green, the colour variation is due to the level of iron in the stone. Peridot gemstones often have a gold glimmer that catches the eye and adds an extra allure to this beautiful stone. The most popular shades for peridot jewellery are the lighter, more vibrant shades that look wonderful against silver.
Peridot is a mineral named olivine and is found in many countries, unfortunately most of the peridot stones that are found are simply too small for use in jewellery as Blue sapphire they cannot be cut effectively. For example on some beaches in Hawaii there is a high peridot content in the sands, huge volumes of tiny gemstones that cannot be used. Most of the peridot jewellery you will find in shops feature peridot gemstones that originate in Pakistan where large stones are commonly mined, usually in lighter shades.
Egyptians loved peridot jewellery and the wealthy enjoyed wearing the gemstone due to its beautiful shades and perceived metaphysical qualities. They believed that the peridot gemstone brought the wearer authority, respect and power. Peridot has long been thought to aid women during labour and pregnancy and so is a popular gemstone for women, often a gift from a lover.
The peridot is as popular today as ever, as time goes on the allure of this beautiful gemstone does not fade. Whether the reason for its sustaining popularity is its perceived metaphysical qualities or instead its vibrant and gorgeous colour, we can be sure that peridot will be in fashion in the years to come.
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