Peridot is often known as the poor man’s emerald, and is a pale green variety of Chrysolite also known as olivine. Amazingly, the depth of the green of this gemstone is actually a measurement of how much iron was absorbed in the crystal structure.
This gemstone is found in several areas of the world, such as Australia, Norway, Burma, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, and China to name just a few of the places where peridot is mined. It has even been found in meteorites. However, Arizona supplies a significant amount of this gemstone to the world.
Often thought to bring good luck and peace to the wearer, peridot was often worn by royalty and was a favorite gem of Cleopatra. In fact it is the national gem of Egypt and called it the “gem of the sun.” Egyptians believed that it warded off evil spirits. In Hawaii, the stone symbolizes the goddess Pele’s tears, and certain beaches do have tiny grains of peridot among the sand.
The largest cut peridot was found on Zabargad Island and weighs 319 carats. Confused with other gemstones throughout time, stones that were thought to be emerald in royal treasures were actually peridots.
A relatively inexpensive gemstone, peridot is found in all types of jewelry such as rings, necklaces, earrings, etc. It was even named the official August birthstone in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers. One thing to keep in mind is that peridot is very difficult to polish. It should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic or steam cleaned. Use warm, soapy water to clean the jewelry and vinegar to polish the stone.About the Author:
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