Peridot has been valued for centuries and comes in various shades of green, with the most desired being the bright chartreuse to near apple greens. These intensely bright greens can be seen in our Mesa Verde Peridot™, which happens to be sourced right here in the United States. These gems come out of the Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona, which has been a major producer of Peridot for hundreds of years. With a large production volume, this location is still a dominant worldwide producer today.
This peridot does not come in crystal form but is rather found in what are called ‘bombs.’ These are roundish pockets that form in a large basalt flow. The local Apache miners work the face of the basalt flow to expose these pockets of peridot.
These ‘bombs’, or pockets, can get larger than a softball and are completely full of peridot. Quite a story with fascinating visuals! Unfortunately, most companies do not track the origins of the stones they cut, which means this predominately American gemstone’s story is often lost.
We find it very important to keep the heritage of these gems a part of the story. We love this material and want its history to be visible, as we see that to be part of its beauty. You can explore this wonderous birthstone on our site today.