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Peridot is August’s Birthstone

Peridot

The fresh lime green of peridot is its distinctive signature. Its spring green color also is ideal with sky blue. Peridot, along with Spinel, is the birthstone for August, and is harder than metal but softer than many gemstones.

peridot birthstone

Forsterite var. peridot (rough and cut). Sappat, Kohistan, Pakistan. 64.57 cts and 7.9cm high. Shades of the Earth.

 

Peridot is treasured in Hawaii as the goddess Pele’s tears. The island of Oahu even has beaches made out of tiny grains of peridot.  Although Hawaii’s volcanoes have produced some peridot large enough to be cut into gemstones, virtually all peridot sold in Hawaii today is from Arizona, another state with extreme geology.

 

 

 


The color range for peridot is narrow, from a brown-green color to yellowish green to pure green. Yellowish green is the most common peridot color seen in jewelry.
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Store peridot jewelry with care to avoid scratches and protect from blows. Because peridot is sensitive to rapid changes in temperature, never have it steam cleaned and avoid ultrasonics. Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect

Rarely, peridot can have an extraterrestrial source, being contained in meteorites that have fallen to earth.
Information and image sourced from AGTA & GIA.EDU