How to choose peridot for a professional wardrobe

Photographed from the GIA Collection for the CIBJO project from the Dr. Eduard J. Gubelin Collection. Collection # 30880, antique cushion cut peridot, 130.60 ct.

Photographed from the GIA Collection for the CIBJO project from the Dr. Eduard J. Gubelin Collection. Collection # 30880, antique cushion cut peridot, 130.60 ct.

Up next in my monthly series about birthstone jewelry for professional dress, is Peridot.

The August birthstone, my birthstone, is peridot. There’s certainly no rule that I know of that says you can’t wear peridot if August isn’t your birthday month! I remember being disappointed to find out peridot was my birthstone when I was a little girl…I didn’t like it. In fact, I didn’t like green at all even into my ‘20’s. Now I love it, especially yellow-green/lime green! (Just check out my top in my headshot above!)

Here are a few tips on how you can enhance your professional look with peridot jewelry along with some ways to successfully incorporate the hue into your wardrobe.

Something I always recommend to my clients is to wear sparkly earrings in your eye color. While I don’t meet many women with light green eyes, I’ve found this light green stone looks especially amazing on women with blonde hair.

Although we often think of yellow-green (like peridot,) as a spring/summer color, it looks fantastic with navy or black year round. And particularly if you have blonde or light hair, adding in peridot jewelry to the strong contrast of these color combos can lighten up your whole look.

Conversely, peridot is perfect to add to white and other white neutral basics during the warmer months (as you can see in my photo above.) It also pairs well with other light and bright stones such as amethyst or blue topaz for a fresh, playful feeling.

And while wearing yellow green from head to toe can be a bit much for most business professional settings, it’s gorgeous for any formal occasions that might pop up. Adding peridot jewelry, especially pieces set with diamonds, creates an elegant, monochromatic color scheme.

Although peridot isn’t a new stone by any means, I don’t see it (being worn anyway,) as often as other stones (such as ruby, amethyst, emerald, etc.,) so it feels just a bit more modern to me. Combined in the antique settings like the ones below, peridot is both unique and unexpected…perfect if your style recipe includes either of those ingredients!

peridot

Last but not least, if you love peridot, but you don’t love the way it looks with your skin tone, add this birthstone to your jewelry wardrobe with bracelets or rings…away from your face.

Now, here are a few fun facts and things to know about peridot, compliments of jewelry designer and my good friend Kelle K. Graham, G.G. (Graduate Gemologist, G.I.A.).

Kelly's latest peridot creation

Kelly’s latest peridot creation

  • The intensity of peridot’s green color depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure. Beware of stones with a brownish cast.
  • It is not a hard stone (6 ½ to 7 on Mohs hardness scale) and does not do well around heat or dramatic temperature changes. Sharp blows will damage the gem as well as chemicals and heat.
  • Care must be given to clean the peridot with the safest being warm soapy water. No steam or ultrasonic cleaning is recommended.
  • Peridot is usually cut as a faceted stone, but occasionally it may be cut in cabochon. Large stones found are rare as the larger they are, the more flawed, thus several gems may be cut from a larger crystal. Most of the stones are under 3cts.
  • Peridot has been mined since Egyptian times, 1500 BC. and the ancients knew it as “the gem of the sun”. It was formed early in the solidification of the Earth as magma cooled to form igneous rock. It came to the surface by volcanic eruptions and is also found in meteorites. (Yes, from outer space!)
  • Peridot has long been used to be an aid to friendship, and frees the mind of envious thoughts. (Funny, considering green is the color of jealousy/envy!)
  • Many other legends follow the peridot as it was thought to bring happiness, attract lovers, and strengthen the eyes.
  • Peridot is also the gem for the 16th wedding anniversary.

What do you think? Will you add this gemstone into your jewelry wardrobe? Are you an “August Baby?” Do you wear your birthstone?

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