Jewel of the day: Antique Russian Peridot Earrings

Peridot tends to be overlooked in favour of the more dramatic green gemstones, like emerald. The United States is actually the world’s largest producer of peridot, with China and Pakistan nipping at its heels for that title.

The pale green stone, also called olivine, is the official August birthstone. Better late(ish!) than never. (It’s also a traditional 16th anniversary gift.)

These lovely antique earrings are made with round peridots with a garnet centre, set in 14k rose gold. Seller Romanov Russia notes, “The 14K rose gold earrings are set with 14 sparkling apple green Russian peridots of consistent color. The earrings were made in Moscow between 1899 and 1908. Diameter 15 mm (5/16 in.) Marked with 56 zolotnik old Russian gold standard (14K) with initials of Moscow assay master Ivan Lebedkin and makers’ initials ‘MK’ and ‘??’”

Contact the seller for price.

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