No matter what the occasion is, you can find the perfect jewellery gift. Indeed, nothing beats a seasonable custom piece crafted by some of the finest jewellers in Reading.

Peridot Jewellery

Summer, for instance, is the perfect season for peridot jewellery, which has an unmistakeable allure and luminescence that any wearer would be proud to show off. If diamonds have the 4Cs (cut, clarity, colour, and carat) to guide buyers, peridot has its own criteria for quality. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best peridot for your bespoke jewellery gift.

Going for Green

Peridot is one of the most stunning green gems you can find. No other gem has that beautiful grass-green colour with a slight hint of gold. The green colouration of this gemstone comes from its iron content. Peridot, however, also comes in a variety of shades like vivid lime green, olive green, yellowish green, and even brownish green. Peridot looks dazzling under any kind of light, unlike other blue or red gems.

Natural Cut

Since peridots are relatively not that hard, scoring a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, they can pose quite a challenge to any cutter. Delicate and rough, peridots are cut according to their natural crystal shape to avoid breaks or cracks. It is also customary for jewellers to use smaller crystals as standardised series stones for bangles, necklaces, or even rings. The larger ones, on the other hand, are used to make stunningly intricate pieces such as brooches.


Peridots vary in clarity, but there is no standard when it comes to judging this particular characteristic. The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” rings true in the case of this gemstone. Clearer peridots have a lighter shade of green that tends to reflect more light. Some stones do have more platelet inclusions, which gives them a darker colour and the sort of appearance a skilled jeweller in Reading might refer to as “sleepy”.

Peridot has been a prominent gemstone since olden times. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians, for instance, believed peridot to promote peace, good luck, and fortune, which makes it an ideal gift. Jewellers such as Jacobs offer a fine selection of custom designed and exquisitely crafted peridot pieces that are sure to give joy to any recipient. 


Peridot, International Colored Gemstone Association

Peridot Gemstone Information, AJS Gems