Peridot is a beautiful olive green stone. It is much less expensive than green tourmaline. It is worn in necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets.
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Care & Where
Peridot is a transparent lime or olive green. It has a hardness of 6.5. It's green color is due to iron. Gem-quality specimens of the mineral olivine are called peridot.
As with all gems, protect peridot from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes (such as leaving it be a heater vent or in a hot car). Do not clean peridot in a home ultrasonic cleaner.
Peridot is the created during volcanic action. Occassionally, Peridot crystals are found on the black sands of Hawaii.
- Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- Gemstones of the World - by Walter Schumann
A very well written source on gemstones with great descriptions and photographs
- Spiritual Value of Gem Stones - by Wally Richardson and Lenora Huett
Very sweet book on the mystical properties of gemstones.
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Birthstone Months with Peridot
- August Birthstone: Modern Birthstone
- Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): Lucky Charm
- Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Birthstone
Peridot is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage.
Mystical Properties & Lore
Peridot jewelry is used to help dreams become a reality.
Peridot is given as a symbol of fame, dignity, and protection.
Legend has it that pirates favored peridot to protect them against evil. When the peridot was set in gold it also protected the wearer from terrors in the night.
Peridot has been mined from St John's Island in the Red Sea for over 3500 years.
Peridot is the US State Gemstone of Nevada.
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