Peridot is an ancient green gemstone that is as popular for jewellery today as it was in the past. It has been found in ruins of ancient Egypt and Greece and was often called the "evening emerald" by ancient Romans.
The Peridot is one of the few gemstones which come in one colour only. A rich, green colour with a slight tinge of gold. Although found in various shades of green, Peridot is most prized in lime hues.
Peridot is readily available in a range of sizes, shapes and colour hues. The finest stones are eye clean and have a deep, lime green colour. Because inclusions are common, clarity is an extremely important factor when buying Peridot.
Its relative affordability and lively green colour has made it a popular substitute for those who cannot afford Emeralds.