August 19, 2010

August Birthstone: Peridot

Posted in birthstones, gemologist, gemstones, jewelry, rose diamonds, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 3:32 pm by rosediamonds

Peridot, with its crisp apple-green color, has been treasured by people throughout history in Hawaii, ancient Rome, and modern day Iran (as a part of the Iranian crown jewels).

It is believed to help dreams become reality and to drive away evil spirits of the night.  It was named “evening emerald” because its brilliant color did not fade as the sun set, but seemed to glow from within.

Peridot is mined in Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma) , Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka, China, and the US (Arizona area).  Much of the US peridot is mined by Native Americans.

To keep your peridot looking nice, avoid contact with chemicals and extreme heat.  Best Bet: clean with a soft toothbrush and soapy warm water.

Peridot color ranges from olive green to bright lime green.  Most is available without noticeable inclusions.  Peridot occasionally has lily-pad like inclusions.

Green cubic zirconia, glass, plastic, and synthetic spinel have been used as peridot simulants.  Because peridot is a relatively affordable gemstone, most on the market is natural and can come in large sizes, with a recent trend a checkerboard cuts.


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