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Peridot’s meaning, styling, and care

The meaning of Peridot

Peridot is a playful gem, helping us release any thoughts or beliefs that are weighing us down and encouraging us to travel through life free from emotional baggage. It inspires us to approach life with a child's wonder, staying curious and being delighted by new discoveries. While we may talk about someone as being "green with envy," this yellow-green gem laughs away thoughts of envy and jealousy, allowing us to love from a place of deep security.

Rosecliff Stackable ring featuring eleven alternating 2mm faceted round cut diamonds & peridots in 14k yellow gold.

Peridot is connected to the heart and solar plexus chakras, helping us stay emotionally balanced and aware of our own needs even as we recognize the needs of others. It's considered to be a stone of great happiness, too, boosting our self-worth and confidence. Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and the zodiac signs Leo and Virgo. It's also the gemstone for the 16th anniversary.

Close-up of a wrist wearing a Bayberry 3 Peridot bracelet featuring 4mm briolette cut gemstones on a 1.17mm cable chain.

Peridot was a favorite gem of the Egyptian pharaohs.

Peridot – gemstone knowledge

Peridot is also one of the rare gems that come in only one color; it ranges from yellow-green to a dark olive green. The intensity and tint of the gem's color depends on how much iron is in the crystal.

Woman's hand holding a Providence 3 Peridot necklace featuring 2x4mm baguette cut, prong set gemstones in 14k yellow gold.

Where is Peridot found?

One of the most productive Peridot mines in the world is located on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, in southestern Arizona. Mining there is limited strictly to tribe members or those who have been given permission by the tribe.

Woman's finger wearing a Grand Peridot ring featuring a 6mm briolette cut, bezel set gemstone on a 1.6mm band.

Fun facts about Peridot

Woman wearing a personalized Classic 1 Letter & 4 Peridot necklace featuring a 0.25in flat disc engraved with the letter H.

How do I care for Peridot jewelry?

Your jewelry for everyday wear needs minimal care. You can wear it in the shower, while swimming, sleeping, and exercising. Follow these common-sense tips for keeping your jewelry in good repair:
• Store jewelry in its pouch or box to keep the gems from getting scratched by other stones.
• Remove rings before lifting weights or other heavy objects, which could cause the stone(s) to get scratched, or even bend the band itself.
• Avoid prolonged exposure to chlorinated water (an occasional dip is fine).

Close-up of a finger wearing a Rosecliff Stackable Peridot ring featuring eleven 2mm gemstones, prong set in 14k yellow gold.

How do I clean Peridot jewelry?

You can wear your Peridot jewelry in the shower, while swimming, sleeping, and exercising. Just keep it away from extreme heat and be sure not to strike it against hard surfaces.

Woman's wrist wearing an Adelaide 3 Pavé Peridot Link bracelet featuring links encrusted with twenty-eight 1.5mm gemstones.

Styling tips for Peridot

Ancient peoples believed that setting Peridot in gold would heighten its powers. Yellow gold highlights the stone's warm undertones, while white gold provides a beautiful tonal contrast. No matter which color gold you choose, your jewelry is sure to glow.

Woman wearing seven 14k yellow gold Rosecliff Stackable rings stacked on different fingers and two 14k white gold necklaces.

August's birthstone pairs especially nicely with shades of green and blue. Emerald, Sapphire, and Turquoise blend with Peridot to create a colorscape of land, sky, and sea.

Wrist wearing a personalized Newport Grand bracelet featuring a continuous strand of 6mm briolette cut, bezel set gemstones.

Peridot and light-blue Aquamarine are a quietly gorgeous combo, bringing to mind the soft, fresh colors of spring.

Finger wearing two stacked rings—a Grand Aquamarine ring and a Rosecliff Peridot Stackable ring, both in 14k yellow gold.

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Is Peridot a good-luck stone?

Tradition says that wearing your birthstone is good luck, so if you're an August baby, it's a great choice for jewelry! Peridot is considered to be a lucky stone in general, so it makes a wonderful gem for everybody. Try pairing it with Diamond or White Topaz to make that fresh green color pop!

Should I wear Peridot only if it’s my birthstone?

People wear gemstones for many reasons, not just because it’s the birthstone for the month they were born. You may choose to wear a stone because you feel a connection to the color, because its traditional meaning resonates with you, or because it reminds you of someone you love, such as a child, friend, or loved one who’s passed away. Jewelry is extremely personal and you should feel free to wear any gemstone that speaks to you.

Does this gem have healing properties?

According to legend, Peridot is a tonic for both mind and body, releasing tension and promoting a good night's sleep.

Can Peridot go in water?

Yes, it can. You can wear it while showering, swimming, and exercising.

What's the difference between Peridot and Emerald?

Except for very rare specimens, Peridot is always a yellow- or olive-toned green; Emerald, while available in a range of hues, tends to be a truer, deeper green.