Jade has been used in Chinese jewellery since the Neolithic era. Depending on the colour and purity of the stone, even small pieces can fetch hundreds of thousands at auction. Traditionally Jade was prized for its hardness, durability and beauty. The best examples exhibit translucent colours and are said to have protective qualities. Jade is claimed to be a birthstone of August.
Peridot is one of the most sought after green gemstones and is also known as ‘evening emerald’. It is relatively rare and is mined on a small scale in the Brazilian state of Minas Gereis. It is a type of olivine, named for its naturally bright green colour. The rarest Peridot comes from iron-nickel meteorites known as pallasites. Peridot is famous for being the favourite gemstone of Cleopatra.