Spotlight on the Peridot Birthstone
Happy birthday, August babies!
Those born in August celebrate with the peridot, an elegant, bright green birthstone. Bold, stable and strong, there are so many reasons to love this green gemstone!
Peridot: The Other Green Stone
While emeralds might be the most popular green gemstone, the peridot deserves a second look even if you aren’t celebrating a birthday this month.
Peridots are beautiful olive-green stones made from gem-quality olivine. Olivine is a fairly common silicate mineral but gem quality olivine is rare. The rarest peridots of the highest quality and clarity come from Burma. Burmese Peridot is now very scarce because of the communist rule over the country. These stones are highly sought after among collectors.
Peridots: Mined in the USA
Many of the finest gem-quality peridots used in today’s jewelry are mined in the United States. Peridot Mesa, on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation east of Globe in Gila County produces at least 80% of the world’s gem quality peridots. The most productive veins of peridot are found on the reservation where only Native Americans affiliated with the San Carlos Reservation are allowed to mine the stones.
Gem quality peridots are also found in New Mexico, Arkansas and Hawaii and in other places in the world. Deep olive green Peridots can be very expensive depending on the the clarity of the stone and how much fire the stone has. The deepness of the green color is dependent upon the quantity of iron in the stone.
Peridots are believed to bring the wearer luck, success and peace! In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Hele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Romans referred to peridot as "Evening Emerald" because unlike the deep hues of emeralds, peridot gemstones did not darken at night and still shimmered under candlelight. Legend has it that peridot could ward off evil spirits. It is also thought to aid in the success of marriage and other relationships. This may be because it is thought to encourage positive energy as well as suppress ego and jealousy.
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