For lovers of the ‘apple green’ color, the most beautiful gem just might be peridot, from high in the mountains of north-central Burma.
My last trip to Burma (Myanmar) took me to one of the most beautiful and remote areas of S.E. Asia. It is there high in the mountains surrounding Mogok, that the elusive peridot mines are found.
While Mogok, Myanmar is famous for fine ruby, sapphire, and spinel, there is also another beautiful gem hidden away on the other side of the mountains that are adjacent to Mogok. To get to the peridot mines, it is a very long and bumpy drive with the final stretch being by four-wheel drive. You have to travel up and over a very narrow mountain pass that takes you to the far side of the mountains surrounding Mogok.
The locals discovered this mine over 40 years ago. At that time they got curious about the green color that ran in veins through some of the rock formations. On closer inspection, they discovered that some of the rock shone and seemed to glow in the late afternoon sunlight. From there they began to dig and found some nice rock specimens that turned out to be peridot.
Since I’ve chosen to feature peridot this week, below in this letter are three very fine, peridots for you to enjoy. Or if you would just like to proceed to our website and see a few examples of what we have in stock, then simply follow the link below.
The Summer Gem
With its glowing shades of green, this olive-esque gem invokes a sense of summertime.
Peridot, also known as Chrysolite, is most prized for its unique color. Shamrock green or grass green is the most valuable color for this gem, however, the golden yellowish-greens are also a celebrated characteristic color for this gem. Besides the color, fine peridots are known to be quite clean, under magnification little black specks may be visible. Finally, peridot is known to come in small to large size, sporting cuts of all types.
During my gem sourcing adventures in Burma, I was privileged to see the source of many high-quality peridots.
Scroll down to see some photos that were taken of my journey to the peridot mines.
This week I’m featuring three beautiful peridots. First, there’s a fine and well matched pair of cushion peridots. Second, a spectacular oval peridot. Third, a gorgeous and very sleek pear shaped peridot.
Check out the three examples below. I selected these because of their incredible radiance and impeccable color.
Scroll down. Have a look at what I’ve selected for you.
Carat Weight: 2.78 ct.
Cut / Shape: pear
Dimensions (mm): 11.1×7.5×5.2 mm
Incredible luster, this peridot is outstanding with its brilliance. It is instantly noticeable when paired with the right outfit. This fine gem would work equally well in either a ring or pendant, yet the hue of this one may be better complimented by yellow gold.
If one of the above doesn’t quite fit, but strikes your imagination, then follow the link with and go on your own gem hunt through the online inventory.