Fit for a queen. The world of gemstones is rich with exotic names. If you’re an August baby you might know the lush grassy-green peridot – the August birthstone.
Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot. Peridot has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.
It seems to get us a bit tongue tied. How do you pronounce PERIDOT? Many dictionaries put the “pear-a-dot” pronunciation first, before “pear-a-doe”. Some only have the “pear-a-dot” listed, for example “Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language” is very definite and lists only one form, “per’ i dot'”.
Most gem and jewelry tradesmen use “pear-a-doe”, and some are very definite in calling the “-dot” form as incorrect.
Peridot was first mined in quantity in the U.S. in the area of Peridot, Arizona. The name of that town is pronounced “pear-a-dot”.
However you wish to pronounce it up to you – you can’t go wrong either way!
Materials: Brass & Gold Plating