White Gold Peridot Ring

Peridot, pronounced “pair-a-dot”, is a gemstone that has experienced a recent increase in popularity. Besides being the August birthstone and traditional gift for a 16th wedding anniversary, the gem has an interesting history and is a unique alternative to more popular gems.

There are many origins of the name peridot. Three of the most common are; French word “peritot” meaning unclear, Hebrew word “pitdah”, and the Arabic word “faridat” which means gem. It is also called the “evening emerald.” This is due to the brilliant green glow it gives off when placed under artificial light.

History
Called many names in different languages, peridot has a rich history. First discovered in the early 2nd millennium b.c., it was found on an island called Zabargad in the Red Sea. This island is also known as St. John’s Island, and is located 45 miles off the coast of Egypt. Reports reached Pharaoh of the island’s abundance of the beautiful gem; they were literally found lying all over the beaches. Pharaoh ordered the island’s inhabitants to collect gems around the clock. By the moonlight the brilliant shine of these gems could be seen on the sand. Mining continued for 3500 years until there were none left in the area. Egypt later adopted peridot as its national gemstone calling it “the gem of the sun.” Some also say that it was the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra.

Peridot Healing Properties

For as long as it has been mined, the peridot has been thought to be a powerful stone. IN ancient Egypt it was carved into talismans. It was believed that setting a peridot in gold was the only way it would reach its full potential as a talisman. The Romans wore them on their right arm, and the Europeans brought them back during the Crusades for use in church artifacts. Other common metaphysical benefits of the stone include; attracting lovers, calming the mind, increasing happiness, and improving mood.

Purchasing a White Gold Peridot Ring
More than 80% of all the peridot on the world market today is from Apache owned land in Arizona. These stones are considered to be of lesser quality than others but are easily mined and inexpensive. Some of the most beautiful samples of peridot on the market are from Pakistan, Myanmar, and Egypt. These stones are highly valued and will be significantly more expensive than gems from Arizona.

Peridot is available in a wide variety of shades from a light yellowish green color, an olive shade, or a bright green. Any of these shades is considered acceptable and a matter of personal taste. Value is diminished if the stone has any brown to the color. Also the more pure of a green color, the higher the value.

Care of Your White Gold Peridot Ring
White gold is a durable material and commonly used in jewelry as an alternative to the softer platinum. On the Mohs scale, the hardness of peridot is 6.5 to 7. This makes it comparable to the hardness of glass. Due to this rating, it may not be a piece of jewelry recommended for daily wear. Your white gold peridot ring may be more suitable as a special occasion piece instead. The ring can be worn daily if caution is taken not to scratch or knock the stone. You will also want to avoid high heat and contact with cosmetics which can affect the sheen of the stone.

When storing your white gold peridot ring, it is advisable to place it in a separate pouch before setting in your jewelry box. This will protect against scratches from your other pieces of jewelry. Professional cleaning of your peridot ring is recommended. In between cleanings you may also use warm soapy water and a soft brush to remove dirt. If the ring becomes heavily soiled, it can be soaked in a small amount of ammonia for no more than 20 minutes. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners and strong chemicals, the shine of your peridot and the ring itself can be damaged.

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