Peridot(pair-uh-doe) is often referred to as the evening emerald because it
does not change in artificial light. This gemstone comes only in green of varying shades depending on the chemicals
in it's makeup. It is often described as having a velvety appearance.
Cleopatra May Have Been Mistaking Peridot for Emeralds
Many historians now believe that much of what ancient royals such as Cleopatra wore and thought
of as emeralds, may have actually been peridot. The green of this gem varies from an intense green to shades of
yellow-green and it is sometimes called 'precious olivine' after it's gem family.
Peridot is a very old gemstone reaching back through the centuries. Many of the early deposits
became exhausted, but in just the last fifteen years there have been new finds making this gemstone easily
available again, and recreating a lot of interest in the stone. New deposits of peridot have been found in a number
of places around the world, including two in the US. One in Arizona, and the other in New Mexico.
Peridot is not the most liked gemstone by those who have the task of cutting them. They are
difficult to cut, and may crack in the process. However, once they have been cut, they are a durable stone.
As is the case with many precious gemstones, it is suggested that an ultrasonic cleaner not be
used, avoid extreme heat and steam cleaning. Wash with warm soapy water.
Precious olivine as peridot is sometimes called, was once considered a treasure by Native
Hawaiians and considered to be the tears of the goddess of fire, Pele. Small grains of peridot can be found on the
beaches of Hawaii mingled in the sand.
Peridot The August Birthstone
Peridot is the August birthstone and the intense shades of green can add to an early fall
wardrobe, but there are other shades of green that blend wonderfully with the shades of spring as well. There
are lovely limey green shades that make a lovely addition to a spring or early summer wardrobe.
Peridot is a stunning gemstone for all types of jewelry pieces. The lime green and
yellow-green shades have a very fresh look that is attractive in peridot rings and pendants and supports a very
youthful and up to date look.
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