Connoisseurs seek out large well-cut intensely colored grass-green one-of-a-kind gems, but there’s a thriving market for smaller, pastel shades in standard sizes.
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The most favored peridot color is a richly saturated pure grass green, which is usually only achieved in gems of 10-cts. or larger. Smaller examples tend to show yellowish-green hues and brown undertones lower the value of peridot.
The best-quality peridot has no eye-visible inclusions, with perhaps a few tiny black spots—actually minute mineral crystals—visible under magnification. Other inclusions common in peridot are reflective, disk-shaped inclusions called “lily pads.”
With skilled cutting maximizing its beautiful bodycolor, peridot can be a stunning gem. It’s available in a wide variety of shapes and cutting styles, including ovals, pears, rounds, emerald cuts, cushion cuts, triangle cuts, and marquise shapes.
Although the finest gems are generally seen in sizes above 10-cts. and there are fine gems of more than 50-cts. on the market, smaller gems cut to standard sizes are affordable and readily available.