Production & Mining:
Natural Peridot vs Natural Treated Peridot
A major factor in determining the worth and value of this yellowish-green gem is how it is produced and mined. Natural varieties are the most rare and the most expensive, and high-quality natural peridot can be difficult to find. Therefore a great deal of this gem goes through heat treatment, which is an 100% natural way to improve the color and clarity of the stone. Heat-treated peridot is still considered real, and often results in a higher quality, more beautiful result.
At With Clarity, many naturally mined gems are heat treated to attain the most stunning result. Some peridot can also be made in a lab. The result is a stone that is visibly identical to its natural counterpart, with the only difference being the origin of the stone. Gemstones made in labs are also chemically the same, and often results in better color and saturation.
The price of peridot is determined by the color grade, cut, and carat of the stone, as well as how the gem was produced. When purchasing peridot it is important to consider your personal budget as well as the look you are aiming to achieve.
On average, natural peridot costs between $50-$80 per carat, though some higher quality stones can cost significantly more. Lab created peridot is more affordable and costs up to 40% less per carat.