A customer came into our Uckfield showroom with her peridot and diamond cluster ring. She felt the peridot had lost its sparkle and wanted the stone to be polished. The gemstone was very rubbed, resulting in its cloudy and dull appearance.

Before peridot

Gemstones are cut in a way to enhance their beauty. The cutting process is known as faceting. Each gemstone can have numerous facets, these are the angled flat surfaces on a gemstone. The purpose of facets is to create beautiful optical effects on a gemstone’s surface and add sparkle as these facets reflect light.
Fun fact: A modern round brilliant cut diamonds has 58 facets.

On this occasion, it was more cost effect to replace the stone as opposed to recut.
Below is an image of the new and the old peridot. You can see the structured facets on the gemstone on the left. It is harder to see facets on the gemstone on the right.

peridot

Heavy wear leads to these facets becoming rubbed, reducing the gemstone's ability to reflect light.
Soft stones such as peridot, emerald and aquamarine can often display dull, cloudy appearances with years of wear.

Below is the finished ring, with a replacement peridot, a re-claw on the four claws securing the peridot, and a rhodium plate on the white gold claws securing the diamond.

After Peridot