This truly beautiful gem is a wonderful example of the varying shades of green that Peridot comes in. This parcel is from Pakistan and its soft yet vibrant color deserves the description 'mint green.'
I decided to cut this gemstone in my hexagonal design, 'Cosmos.'
There are some 'lilypad' inclusions, common among Peridots, and are not noticeable at a regular viewing distance.
Peridot is a beautiful stone that comes in a variety of green shades from olive to forest to yellow-green. The Peridots from Pakistan are the most sought-after with an 'apple' green color. Peridot actually belongs to the Olivine family, a mineral that's been found in meteorites, and happens to cover the Hawaiian Papakolea Beach! While it is one of the oldest recorded gems, dating back to approximately 1500b.c., Peridot is still widely used in jewelry today and has the privilege of being named August's birthstone.