August Birthstone: Peridot

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August marks the middle of summertime and what better way to celebrate than with the birthstone of the month—Peridot! Before purchasing a Peridot, here are a few facts every colored gemstone buyer should know:

Geology/History:
Peridot is a stone that belongs in the olivine mineral group based on its color composition. And the stone’s name is derived from the Greek word Peridona which literally means “giving plenty.” In fact, the stone is said to bring good luck, fortune, and peace. It is also believed to attract love, calm anger, and protect against negative emotions. Furthermore, peridot is said to bring protection, health, and peaceful sleep to the wearer. Today, peridots can be mined from locations such as China, Pakistan, and the United States. In addition, they are also found in Africa, Australia, Germany, Italy, Myanmar (Burma), Norway, and Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

Color:
Not to be confused with the deep green color of emeralds, peridot has a distinct coloration that ranges from yellowish green, olive, and brownish green. Peridot is a stone comprised of iron magnesium silicate. The traces of iron plays a huge part in shaping the stone’s beautiful and unique green coloration. In fact, the more iron the stone contains, the more intense the color of the stone is. And the more intensely green the stone is, the higher the price.

Moh’s Hardness Scale:
Peridots have a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness (which rates from 1-10; 10 being the hardest stone). Therefore, we recommend wearing peridot as only fashion jewelry, rather than everyday wear which could result in the chipping or scratching of the stone. In fact, peridots make excellent fashion earrings or pendants. These colored gemstones can also be used for rings, but due to the constant usage of working on things with our hands, it is not recommended. But if you do crave a gorgeous peridot ring, we suggest placing the ring in a safe jewelry box when doing household chores because it could damage the stone.

Enhancements:
In terms of gemstone enhancements, peridots are usually enhanced with colorless oils or resins to reduce the visibility of the inclusions, resulting in the improvement of the stone’s overall clarity. These acceptable enhancements (along with heat treating) are also commonly used to improve color.

How to Clean Peridot Jewelry:
To clean peridots, soak in warm water with a mild detergent/soap. Then use a soft brush (i.e. toothbrush) to gently scrub. Lastly, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Never clean peridot with ultrasonic cleaners or household chemicals (i.e. alcohol) because it could potentially ruin the color or damage the stone. In addition, peridots should be kept away from excessive amounts of heat because it can damage the stone over time.

At INTA Gems & Diamonds, we have a magnificent collection of peridot gemstones that can be set into any gemstone jewelry. In addition, we carry a few fashion peridot earrings, pendants, and rings. For more information or directions to our store, feel free to contact us via email or phone.