Unlike step cuts, a brilliant cut peridot gemstone has curved lines and kite or triangular facets. Gem cutters choose a brilliant cut when they want to showcase the brilliance and fire of a gemstone, and this is one reason brilliant cuts are so popular with diamonds.
By far the most popular brilliant cut is the round brilliant. Those who are looking for a Peridot engagement ring should consider this one because it's such a classic option. Other brilliant cuts include the oval, princess (rounded square), marquise (sharp-pointed oval), pear, and heart.
When a peridot crystal isn’t as clear, or when an artistic look is desired, the gem cutter may make a cabochon. This is basically a domed shape, usually a circle or oval. Rough peridot is shaped, then polished to a bright shine. In this case, the object is to show off a pretty color or interesting patterning as a result of inclusions.
Peridot Clarity Grading
Once a Peridot gemstone has been cut and polished, it is ready to be graded. The finest Peridot is AAAA, characterized by the signature Peridot green color and extra high clarity. This grade is very rare and valuable, so it’s only used at high end jewelers.
AAA is the next-best choice. Although eye clean, AAA Peridot might leave a little to be desired on the color, or it might have been treated.
AA and B grade Peridot are used for lower quality jewelry or as cabochons and beads. When grading Peridot, the color is more important than the clarity.
With Clarity Peridot
At With Clarity, we use AAA grade Peridot. Keep in mind however, that it may have been heat treated. Heat treating is a natural treatment used to improve the color, clarity, or both. This is done before cutting, and treated stones are real. Lab grown Peridot can be found on the market, but we sell Peridot gold rings made with natural stones. Looking for a Peridot and diamond ring? Give us a call, and we’ll help you choose the perfect style.