Peridot engagement rings are beautiful and a great alternative to the traditional diamond. Peridot rings date back to ancient Egypt, have a quiet sophistication, a rich history, and a unique quality all their own.
They are Augusts' birthstone and one of the few gemstones to only come in one color—that wonderful yellowy green that has had unwavering popularity since it first came on the scene. Check out these fabulous pieces:
Peridot Rings Courtesy of Gemvara
Engaging Fact: Peridot birthstone rings have a strong following. People love the summery fresh and light qualities of this beautiful green stone.
The versatile peridot gemstone comes in all shapes and works so well with diamonds. Here are a few more we thought you might enjoy... We hope you like them as much as we do!
The best part about them is that most of them are completely customizable which means you get to decide on the type of metal, different accent gemstones and the shape of the center stone.PopShops™ affiliate stores
Peridot rings have traditionally been set with yellow gold or white gold / platinum because the warm green tones work well with both colors.
However, we've recently seen some set in rose gold that were quite interesting. Not sure if it's our No.1 choice for metal colors with a peridot, but that's just us—it's all a matter of personal taste.
Engaging Fact: Our favorite peridot engagement rings are usually set with white gold or platinum and have accent diamonds. We love the clean and classic feel of the silver tones in the metal, the brightness of the diamonds and how they play against the warm yellow and green shades in the stone.
In terms of the setting itself, look for ones that protect the stone. Peridots are pretty hard but not quite as hard as a diamond or emerald so make sure that the setting you choose protects the stone.
In squarer cuts, make sure the corners are well protected with thicker prongs or a form of bezel. For the best durability, go for a setting that frames the stone with diamonds or other gemstones, or even metal. The idea is to keep the peridot well protected by surrounding it with harder materials.
The stone is cut according to the shape of the original crystal and is usually formed into faceted cuts like the round, oval and princess cuts.
Other cuts are available, these just happen to be the most common, so don't get discouraged if your heart is set on a different shape. Just keep looking and you'll find the perfect one.
|Color||Olive Green, Yellow-Green, Green-Gold,|
|Hardness (Mohs Scale 1-10)||6.5 - 7|
Peridots have a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale while an emerald runs between 7.5 - 8 and a diamond a 10 (then it again, it is the hardest substance on earth). This means that a little more care needs to be given to peridot rings because they can chip more easily. That's why it's important to choose a protective setting.
Engaging Tip: The harder the stone, the less protective a setting it will need to avoid chips or scratches. These lovely yellow-green gems are mid-range in terms of hardness so it's a good idea to think about a protective setting.
Peridot is abundant today and there is enough raw material to cater to everyone's color, taste and budget. The large transparent stones that have an intense color are rare and therefore the most expensive.
We personally like the lighter yellowish green shades, they just seem so much younger and fresher.... And when coupled with accent diamonds they make the most beautiful peridot engagement rings.