Peridot is the gemstone variety of the mineral olivine. The most beautiful peridot gemstones come from the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Peridot is cut in accordance with its crystal shape and mostly faceted as round, antique, oval or cushion step cuts depending on the shape of the original rough. Smaller crystals are cut into calibrated sizes.
With a hardness of 6.5 to 7, peridot is reasonably hard and is used in all kinds of jewelry. Large clean stones are always sought by collectors. The name peridot is derived from the Greek word ‘peridona’, which means something like ‘to give richness’.