Recognized by its apple green color, peridot is one of few gemstones that appears only in one color. Due to its intense tint and eye-clear clarity it was called “gem of the sun” by the old Egyptians. Our partner Gabriele Willer from Juwelier Willer, agrees: “If I look at a peridot in winter it feels like I’m leaving the cold behind. I see myself stepping into a glade flooded by light, while on my summer vacation in Austria. I love nature and its amazing colors.”
Colors: (apple) green, sometimes with a yellow hue
Where to dig for it: China, Pakistan and India
Mohs hardness: 6.5-7
The Mohs hardness scale
The Mohs hardness scale describes a scale from 1 to 10, which indicates the relative hardness of a mineral. Diamond is the hardest substance in the world and is therefore rated with the highest hardness grade of 10. To further illustrate the Moh's hardness it helps to imagine that a moonstone
(hardness 6) is about as hard as the blade of a kitchen knife. A fingernail would only measure a grade of 2-2.5 on the scale.
At Bron, the hardness plays a minor role. Our overriding selection criteria are color and the ‘liveliness’ of a gemstone.