In contrast to last week’s gem cocktail ring, Peridot is an ancient gemstone, having been used in jewellery for thousands of years. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun”, and early records show evidence of it being mined on Zabargad in the Red Sea around 1500BC. Some believe the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually Peridot. It was also brought back to Europe by the Crusaders and used to decorate medieval churches, such as Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
At Percy Marks, our superbly cut 7.29ct oval Peridot is beautifully highlighted by a scallop of round brilliant cut diamonds and two perfectly matched baguette diamonds. As it is the official birthstone for August and an alternative gem for the 16th wedding anniversary, now is the time to step in Percy Marks to appreciate this sensational chartreuse/olive coloured gem in the flesh.