Peridot is a sparkling green gem and is the August birthstone!

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Peridot Facts

Peridot Information - about this gorgeous green gem

Peridot Gemstone Facts

Peridot is a beautiful transparent gemstone with a fantastic green color. The chemical name of this mineral isperidot gemstone pendant peridot heart shank ringmagnesium iron silicate. Peridot is a variety of a much more common mineral, Olivine. Like most silicate minerals, olivine is not rare at all. But the gem variety - peridot - is a fairly rare gemstone. Depending on how deep and saturated the green color is, peridot can be quite expensive.

The iron content of this pretty gemstone is the source of the green hue. More iron means a deeper green, which means increased rarity ... and that translates to a more pricey gemstone.

Peridot has been used for thousands of years to create beautiful beads, cabochons and faceted stones.

The best peridot is found in Myanmar (Burma) and Arizona. But it is found in quite a few places worldwide.

peridot gemstone braceletPeridot is green, varying in shades from a golden green to a deep oily brownish green color. True green stones without brown tones are more valuable, with deep green transparent stones the highest priced.

Peridot is the birthstone for August.

Bali silver earrings with peridot

In known history, Peridot has been worn since ancient Greek and Roman times. It is believed by many to be a purifying and regenerative stone.

Peridot Care Tips

Peridot is a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, which is fairly hard. It can be chipped or scratched on impact with a hard object but is fine if protected, as in a bezel setting, which makes it a good stone for a ring.

Cleaning jewelry with peridot is easy. Most dipping solutions are okay. Of course mild soap or dishwashing detergent with warm water and a soft used toothbrush are best. Always rinse jewelry well after cleaning. Polish jewelry with a rouge polishing cloth after it is dry. As with most gems, stress should be kept to a minimum so avoid cleaning peridot in a steam cleaning or ultrasonic machine.

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