August may be in its final days, but there's still time to rep this month's birthstone: peridot. And there’s good reason to continue to sport the stone in the months to come.
Gemstone lore has it that those famed emeralds Cleopatra wore may actually have been peridot. From ancient times up until the early 20th century, the tiny island of Zabargard in the Red Sea was the primary source of the stone. Nowadays, Myanmar and Pakistan are leading sources.
Whether you like your peridot rock-sized or used as an accent piece, we’ve rounded up ten styles certain to please the most discerning of gemstone connoisseurs.
Wear Reinstein/Ross’ rough-cut peridot necklace with everything from a white tee to an LBD and you’re sure to get oodles of compliments. This style is entirely hand fabricated by the company’s Manhattan-based goldsmiths, and is finished off with a 20k peach gold clasp. Price upon request. 30 Gansevoort Street (Greenwich/Hudson Streets); 212-226-4513; 122 Prince St. (Wooster St.); reinsteinross.com
The Verdant Gemstone pendant by Cellini is a force to be reckoned with. Rich tones of green, from gorgeous peridot stones to lemon quartz, and diamond pavé (2.65 carats worth) make this piece a showstopper to be worn in all seasons. $33,000. 301 Park Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-751-9824; cellinijewelers.com
David Yurman’s classic Cable motif gets a glittering update on the label’s Renaissance bracelet. The piece is decked out with faceted peridot, tanzanite, and shimmering pink tourmaline. $16,000. 24 Vestry Street (Hudson/Varick Streets); 212-896-1550; davidyurman.com
From beloved downtown jewelry purveyor Doyle & Doyle comes the utterly chic multistone Briolette drop earrings. A peridot is set at the center, and highlighted with aquamarine and pink and orange sapphires. $2,500. 412 West 13th Street (Washington Street/Ninth Avenue); 212-677-9991; doyledoyle.com
Fashioned in Italy, this glam multi-strand necklace by Marco Bicego will look lovely when worn day or night. Strung along the 18k yellow gold chain are stones including quartz, topaz, lolite, and (of course) peridot. $3,710. 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com
Céline and Louis Vuitton showed the single earring trend on their fall runways making it undeniably a must-have accessory this season. We love Delfina Delettrez’s Gold Vein earring, a spectacular creation with a freshwater pearl and accents of peridot and topaz. $765. 1190 Broadway (28th/29th Streets); 646-695-5680; openingceremony.us
Since 1967, Pomellato has been fashioning spectacular baubles using bold gemstones. Here, warm 18k rose gold makes a stunning base for cool peridot. $2,400. 741 Madison Avenue (64th/65th Streets); 212-879-2118; pomellato.com
John Hardy has been making sustainable jewelry out of its Bali headquarters for nearly two decades. The label’s pavé peridot and sterling silver braided bracelet is a true beauty, and deserves to be a constant companion on your wrist. $1,495. 592 Fifth Avenue (47th/48th Streets); 212-764-6900; diamondsinternational.com
The first Ippolita boutique opened on Madison Avenue two years ago, and it has become a favorite among NYC jewelry lovers. Designer Ippolita Rostagno’s 18k Gold Rock Candy ring mixes peridot with inky blue topaz, citrine, and amethyst. $1,895. I796 Madison Avenue (67th/68th Streets); 646-664-4240; ippolita.com
Known for utilizing the shell motif, Trianon offers up a way for the stylish man to wear peridot. The label’s cuff links feature 18k yellow gold with a round cabochon peridot center. $2,545. 754 Fifth Avenue (57th/58th Streets); 212-753-7300; bergdorfgoodman.com