The energetic green gemstone, Peridot, is symbolic of August birthdays as well as given to those born under the zodiac sign of Libra. It is often used to celebrate wedding anniversaries – the 1st and 16th. It is also an ideal gemstone for lovers of green — whose approachable, balanced nature is reflected in the verdant hue of this gem. As the popularity of lime green continues to grow, so does the youthful appeal of this citrus-hued gem. Peridot is treasured by the Hawaiian peoples who believed the gem to be the tears of the Goddess Pele. Although Hawaii’s volcanoes have produced some peridot large enough to be cut into gemstones, virtually all peridot sold in Hawaii today is from Arizona, another state with extreme geology. The fresh lime green of peridot is its distinctive signature. Its spring green color also is ideal with sky blue.
Peridot was known in the ancient world as well; the Romans named the gem “Evening Emerald” as its brilliant color did not fade in lamplight, but instead seemed to glow in the evening hours. Partly for this reason, Peridot was believed to help dreams become reality and to drive away the evil spirits of night. Peridot is found in Australia, Brazil, Myanmar, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka, the United States and China.
Today most peridot is mined, often by hand, by Native Americans on the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona. Peridot found here is beautiful in color but relatively small in size. Faceted peridot from Arizona is rare in sizes above five carats. Fine large peridot are found in Burma and large quantities of peridot are also mined in China. In 1994, an exciting new deposit of fine peridot was discovered in Pakistan, 15,000 feet above sea level in the far west of the Himalaya Mountains in the Pakistanian part of Kashmir.
Peridot is harder than metal but softer than many gemstones. Store peridot jewelry with care to avoid scratches and protect from blows.
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