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August Birthstone – Peridot

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peridot august birthstone jewelryPROPERTIES

 RI: 1.654 – 1.69
 Hardness: 6.5 – 7
Specific Gravity: 3.34
Species: Peridot
Optic Character: Doubly Refractive
Phenomena: None

MAJOR SOURCES: China, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, US

The green-apple crispness of Peridot is a perfect complement to today’s lively fashion colors. As the popularity of lime green continues to grow, so does the youthful appeal of this citrus-hued gemstone. Intense and dazzling, its juicy color appeals to all ages.

Peridot’s history can be traced back more than 3,500 years, when it was prized by the ancient Egyptians. Romans named the gem as the “Evening Emerald,” due to its brilliant color not fading in the lamplight, but instead seeming to glow in the evening hours. Hawaiian legend names peridot as the tears of “Pele,” the volcano goddess of the islands.
Peridot has been credited with a host of magical powers and healing properties, such as protection against nightmares and possessing the power to ward off evil.
Value is closely tied to how evenly distributed the color appears. With inclusions quite common in most stones, the most valuable are the cleanest and greenest. Peridot is the birthstone for August and comes in a variety of sizes and shapes.

 

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