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:
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).
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.