Peridot, like the vast majority of semi-precious stones, has been known, appreciated, and used for its aesthetic and healing qualities since ancient times. It grew in popularity with the development of the art of jewelry. It has been mined as a precious stone for thousands of years and is mentioned in the Bible under the name of chrysolite. We find it, later, in the Egyptian jewelry component, with an age greater than 4000 years. Pharaohs and important leaders, including Cleopatra, used peridot in the composition of ornaments and cult objects as well as for decorating cups, for example, being convinced of the magical powers of this stone.
Known and used by jewelers during the time of the ancient Greeks, peridot is also known as olivine or chrysolite. The ancient Romans were also very attracted to this precious stone and charmed by the radiant glow of the green, which does not change even in artificial light, so they nicknamed it the “evening emerald”.
How Much Does a Peridot Cost?
The average cost of a high-quality peridot stone would range from $55 to more than $220 per carat. The cost may be even more than $520 per carat for larger peridots that are exported from foreign countries. In general, the most expensive are the period stones mined from Arizona, Burma, and Pakistan.
The less expensive peridots are, obviously, those of poor quality, that have a pale color or a tint of brown color. The higher quality peridots are more colorful.
According to the Gem Society website, the cost of a one-carat peridot stone is around $45 or more, while for those larger than four carats you will have to pay anywhere between $110 and $160 per carat.
Depending on the size of the period, the cost of a piece of jewelry, like a ring, a necklace, or a pair of earrings, would be anywhere between $20 and $320.
For instance, a pair of one-carat earings costs $30 to $80, while for a 6 mm 0.85-carat pendant you will have to pay $50 to $130. The price of most rings with a peridot stone would be anywhere between $110 and $320.
Peridot: short presentation
A lucky charm for those born under the sign of Libra, peridot is one of the few gemstones found in nature in only one color: green. However, peridot can take on very varied shades of green, ranging from yellowish-green to brownish-green. The intensity and shade of green in a peridot gem, however, depends on the percentage of iron in the peridot’s crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot stones can vary from yellow to olive to green-brown.
In rare cases, peridot can be a pure medium to dark green color with yellow or brown undertones.
Peridot embodies the essence of positive power. Its vibration brings an inner feeling of warmth and well-being, like a ray of sunshine on a spring day. Peridot activates and harmonizes the solar plexus chakra and the heart chakra, integrating Love and Will into a unified whole. It thus supports us to find the courage to act exactly as our heart dictates and to be generous with others, even if each of us follows our own destiny. Peridot is a stone that attracts financial and spiritual abundance and helps us manifest the most important inner visions in the physical plane.
Peridot vs emerald
The main difference between peridot and emerald is the color. Peridot has a light green color, while emerald has a deep green color.
The emerald is part of the beryl family and its green color is due to the presence of chromium or vanadium, while peridot is a variety of olivine, which is considered a silicate material.
Emerald is a mineral that crystallizes in the hexagonal system and its hardness is 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, while the peridot’s hardness is 6.5 to 7, which makes it more fragile.
Most emeralds can be found in Zambia and Columbia, while peridot is found mostly in Myanmar, Egypt, and the United States.
The cost of both these gemstones depends on the composition, rarity, and origin. Emerald stones are more expensive than peridot stones. The cost of a peridot may start at $15 per carat, while an emerald will be worth much more.
Which are the additional expenses?
If you want to attach this gemstone to a certain piece of jewelry, there are many options available. In general, peridots are bought separately and then attached to pieces of jewelry like earrings or pendants. The price to attach your stone will depend on the design and bezel/prong you choose.
The cost of the gemstones that are imported from foreign countries will be much higher than that of the gemstones bought from the United States of America.
Important things to consider
Peridot is a silicate mineral of magnesium and iron with a hardness of 7.
Peridot deposits are found in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Tanzania, the United States of America, and Vietnam.
Peridot is believed to have powerful energy and the stone protects against evil. People who are recommended to wear peridot jewelry are those born in the months of August, September, and November. Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces – these are the zodiac signs that can fully benefit from the healing properties of peridot.
How can I save money?
One of the best ways to save on peridots is to purchase a loose gemstone instead of a pre-set one because these are cheaper. Moreover, you will be able to see what you are really paying for because some jewelers may hide the flaws of some pre-set jewelry.
It is recommended to purchase stones from a certified jeweler and pay attention to those who ask for a too-small or too-high price.