Color: Peridot comes in many shades of green, including chartreuse, deep grass, bright apple, and lighter lime greens.
Our Sources: We source our peridots from Mesa Verde, Arizona. Apache miners extract the mineral from Peridot Mesa in the San Carlos Reservation.
Stone Cutting: Our peridot supplier cuts peridot in their own Fair Trade cutting facility.
More on Peridot: Peridot is the traditional birthstone for August. Peridot comes from the mineral olivine and their vibrant green colors come from the iron in the stone. They are fairly durable, rated 6.5-7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. As with all jewelry, we recommend storing peridot jewelry in a protective box by itself to prevent scratches or other damage. Avoid exposing your peridot to impact and ultrasonic cleaning. Instead, use a soft toothbrush and gentle dish soap to clean your peridot jewelry. Store peridot jewelry with care to avoid scratches.
More on Our Commitment to Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing:
W.R. Metalarts strives to know the full story of the materials we use in our jewelry. We are committed to supporting artisanal miners and mining communities, promoting healthy and safe working conditions, and avoiding environmentally destructive practices. We are dedicated to deepening our understanding and working to address the historical and ongoing harm of the jewelry industry on indigenous communities and communities of color all around the world. We do not claim to have all of the answers; we are constantly evaluating our practices as we gain a more nuanced understanding of our complex industry. Transparency is critical so that you, our clients and collaborators, can trust that we’ve done all we can to create the most beautiful jewelry - not just the end result, but beautiful at every step of the journey.
The way that we back up these values is to do our homework, putting our suppliers through rigorous vetting processes. We don’t take our vendors at face value when they say a stone is “conflict-free” or “sustainable;” we push them to give us the whole story about the journey of a stone and if they are not able to back up their claims of “ethics'' with sources or credentials, we won’t work with them. We source directly from local cutters and miners, when possible, which is one way to ensure ethical, responsible, and sustainable sourcing, practices, and conditions. It takes time and diligence to find suppliers that we trust, but once we find them, we forge incredible relationships built on our shared values of transparency, accountability, and doing good.