Colour
  • Yellowish green to greenish yellow to brownish green
Clarity
  • Since peridot is not a particularly expensive stone, eye-clean clarity is the standard
  • Burmese gems are often marred by small platelet inclusions, which may give some stones a sleepy appearance
  • The strong birefringence (0.036) of peridot can also give stones a slightly sleepy look. This is most pronounced in large stones (10 ct and higher)


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TREATMENTS
CUT
  • There are no known treatments of peridot
  • Everything from stunning fantasy cuts to tumbled beads being seen
  • Because peridot is not very expensive cutters can focus on beauty more than keeping as much weight as possible
  • Well balanced gems that efficiently return color and light, together with crisp facet junctions, exact proportions and good symmetry are expected
  • On extremely rare occasions, a star peridot (sporting 4 rays) is reported



Care
  • Peridot is not extremely hard, susceptible to heat and acids. A soft, damp cloth, or a soft bristle toothbrush is best to use when cleaning peridot jewellery

Collector gems:

  • Locality, color and size are the most significant factors in particular 10 carats or above with saturated, slightly yellowish green colours
  • Gems from Zabargad (St. John's Island) are particularly rare. Other localities producing excellent gems of significant size are Burma (myanmar) and Pakistan
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