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Why is it so Hard to Find Peridot Jewelry I Like?

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All photos above provided by Market Square Jewelers

Peridot is the birthstone of August, and many of us have come to find that August babies either love it or they hate it. Perhaps the ones that hate peridot haven’t had the same exposure to the gem as myself.

The peridot I know and love is a vibrant yellowish green that pops against yellow gold in such a magnificent and esoteric way. In Ancient Egypt, peridot was known as the Gem of the Sun and rightfully so. A well-cut peridot rivals the beauty of emerald and demantoid garnet, for a fraction of the cost.

In theory, peridot is plentiful and affordable. But while peridot is prized for its lavish and distinct coloring, it can be a struggle finding peridot jewelry that’s worth obsessing over. Unfortunately, so many factors work against peridot becoming an inexpensive jewelry staple like amethyst.

Here are some reasons why it’s so hard to find peridot jewelry I like:

1. Commercial Grade Peridot is Undesirable At Times

As far as amethyst goes, even commercial gems have the ability to be beautiful depending on the cut and hue. In contrast, most commercial peridot on the market looks the same - like small bits of washed out baby food. Too harsh? Based on how many uninformed people hate peridot, maybe not. When the cut is shallow, most of that lovable, vibrant green shade fades to almost clear, and there’s not much left to get excited about.

2. The Lime Green Color Can be Limiting in Design

I can’t recall ever seeing peridot in a white gold design that I liked. Let’s face it, peridot looks best in yellow gold. Most stones have a metal that complements it best, but with peridot, setting the stone in white or rose gold can be absolutely detrimental to the design. If you happen to love peridot in white gold, don’t let me turn you away. But this is why we see less peridot designs on the market than we do more versatile green stones like emerald that happen to look amazing in platinum and rose gold.

3. Large Peridot Stones are Significantly More Expensive

Larger peridot stones tend to maintain their deep coloring better than smaller stones. However, the larger the peridot stone, the more expensive it becomes. I can find affordable amethyst stones that weigh more than 4 carats very easily. Trying to find that same size peridot stone will set me back significantly more money, which is very limiting when jewelry shopping. It’s easy to find smaller peridot stones in places like Arizona and China, but the larger sizes are much more scarce globally, thus impacting the market overall.

4. More Awareness = More Demand

As more people become acquainted with that peridot sweet spot - the stones that are vibrant and well-cut - the demand naturally increases. Supply for quality peridot designs doesn’t fully match this new-found demand, which causes an increase in price and scarcity. This means I’ll have to be hunting for peridot jewelry instead of simply browsing for it. Instead of 10 great options, I may only find 5, and even then, I’ll be competing with other buyers looking for the same item.

With all the reasons why I have so few peridot pieces in my collection, I figured it best to reiterate that it’s not impossible to find worthwhile peridot jewelry. In fact, one of our favorite shops Market Square Jewelers, we feel, has the best selection of peridot jewelry!  The photos above are provided by Market Square Jewelers and all the pieces are available for purchase!  You can check out their website for more peridot jewelry here.

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Ageless Heirlooms Lauren Thomann | I: @agelessheirlooms | W: www.agelessheirlooms.com

Designer Spotlight: Kristin Pasternak Jewelry

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I've gotten really good at spelling "Kristin Pasternak" from the amount of times googling her newly launched line of beautiful fine jewelry. There is a fine line between jewelry that is for everyday wear and jewelry that is for special occasions only--with Kristin's line uniquely fitting both categories. I think this distinction came easily for someone who transitioned from the fashion industry into the jewelry industry. Today, you basically need to have a grip on both aspects to make your mark and Kristin's background allows her to do so. With being an assistant buyer for Polo Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent, she surrounded herself with luxury fashion, but always had a love for jewelry. Her line launched in 2009 and has influences from the past while maintaining a modern luxury-elegance that high fashion is accustomed to.

Swiss Blue Topaz Trifoil Cocktail Ring and sketch

 

Kristin Pasternak has shared a few of her sketches that have become some of her trademark pieces within her collection. Sketching is an important aspect to her designing and helps her visualize an end result. She says, "For me, the process starts with a vision, develops into a sketch with proportions and dimensions which become the outline for a silver model, or "master" prototype of the piece." I love the trifoil motif and the choice of a swiss blue topaz. This ring is priced at $1825 and can be purchased through her website. Diamond Trifoil Undulating Large Hoop and sketch

Designs can often be modified in the final phases of design, as seen here. Kristin describes this case: "You'll notice that there are sometimes changes with between the sketch and the final piece, which is quite common. For example, on the hoops, the trifoil is inverted in the finished product because I felt it was more consistent with the way the trifoil pendant would lay and how I envisioned that the trifoil studs would be worn. Designing jewelry as part of a cohesive collection is always a process of switching back and forth between micro (the individual piece) and macro (how does this fit with or compliment the rest of the collection) perspectives." These hoops are done in 18k yellow matte gold, with diamonds and are priced at $2275

Kristin Pasternak Fine Jewelry  (646)435-0047