How do you pronounce August Birthstone Peridot?

Loose Gemstones Peridot Katy Beh JEwelry New Orleans 4

New Orleans’ lush palette and her vibrant Mardi Gras inspire the color and spirit of my jewelry.

Peridot, orange fire opal, pink rubellite and periwinkle tanzanite are among my favorites.

The world of gemstones is rich with exotic names. Lush grassy-green August birthstone peridot; it seems to get us a bit tongue tied.

How do you pronounce PERIDOT?

Rich 22k gold stacking rings in garnet, amethyst and peridot.

Birthstone Ring Stack Katy Beh Jewelry New Orleans 2Peri-doe or Peri-dot? 

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".

So which pronunciation is correct? Where you from, bae?

Like you, I'm a person of strong opinion.

  • PERI-DOE simply sounds prettier.
  • PERI-DOT is a clunky word and doesn't do the pretty gem justice. 🙂

My one of a kind rings feature peridot paired with other fun gems such as beryl, yellow sapphire and blue topaz.

Peridot 22k Gold Rings Katy Beh Jewelry New Orleans

Definition of peridot


per·​i·​dot | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdät, -ˌdō(t)\
: a deep yellowish-green transparent variety of olivine used as a gem. French péridot, from Old French peritot. Peridot is named after the French word peritot, meaning gold, because the mineral ovaline can vary towards this color.
  1.  A green semi-precious gemstone. Peridot is the pure green, to a yellow-green or greenish-yellow crystal of the mineral olivine. It forms deep inside the Earth, and is brought to the planet’s surface through volcanic activity.
  2. A character from Steven Universe, an animated television series on Cartoon Network. She has a green peridot stone embedded in her forehead, green skin, and yellow hair suspiciously similar to a Frito Lay chip. She was originally evil and intent on using a bio weapon of sorts to explode the Earth, but eventually was converted to the Crystal Gems. She still retains her stubborn, egotistical and annoying personality, as well as her love of calling everyone else a "clod."

New Orleans’ lush palette and her vibrant Mardi Gras inspire the color and spirit of my jewelry. Harper Chalcedony and Peridot bracelet with a cluster of 22k gold peridot rings.

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And then there's peridot fake news.

"Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Is Literally Raining Gemstones Now, And We Want Some," said a headline on, June 2018, with reports on the phenomena also picked up by newspapers and magazines. They all featured photos of small stones said to be olivine, which were tweeted by a woman who identified herself as a meteorologist in Arizona.

My Cosette Peridot Necklace is a classic wire wrapped chain; change it up with my pendants Libby, Jennie and Greta.

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August babies, with peridot as your birthstone, you are envied.

It's the perfect gem for a special piece of jewelry.

I would love to custom design - collaborate with you - on a mother's ring, a pair of birthday earrings or a signature necklace. Start here & let's talk!

Custom mother's necklace with blue topaz, chrysoprase and peridot pendants for Mom's three boys.

Custom Blue Topaz, Chrysoprase, Peridot Pendant in 22k Gold Mother's Necklace | Katy Beh Jewelry New Orleans 6x6x72-1

Custom peridot and chrysoberyl earrings.

August Birthstone Peridot Custom Earrings

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