Meteorites from the Moon – Peridot – August

The origin of the name peridot is uncertain, but possibly comes from the Anglo-Norman pedoretés meaning a kind of opal. It is one of the few gemstones occurring in a single colour – a khaki-ish green.Depending on the the amount of iron in the structure, the intensity of colour means that individual stones vary from yellow to brown on the green spectrum.

Peridot was prized in ancient times and used in official seals, as it was soft enough to carve but hard enough to use. In the 16th century Murad III had a wooden throne encrusted with peridots made for the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

It is the most widely  occurring mineral on earth, and mainly found in the Western states of the USA, Sri Lanka, China, Burma, China, Australia and Southern Africa. It is the only gemstone that has been found on another planet – on mars, and in meteorites from the Moon.

Ram Rijal 22ct gold and peridot ring
Ram Rijal 22ct gold and peridot ring

Ram Rijal 22ct gold and peridot ring from a selection at Talisman Gallery in Harvey Nichols