First Saturday: Peridot for August

Peridot is a gemstone with a fascinating history, both in nature and culture…

Peridot GemstoneIt is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient records documenting the mining of peridot from as early as 1500 B.C. It is a gem especially connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridot gems.

Peridot in its finest quality is one of the most beautiful green gemstones we have! Originally found in Egypt and Burma, sources today include Brazil, Arizona and New Mexico.

The larger stones are rarer, thus more expensive. Smaller stones are more available. Warm soapy baths are best for our peridot jewelry. Sonic cleaners and steam cleaners are a no no.

A soft stone, we often save it for pendants, pins and earrings. Save it for special occasions when worn in a ring, not every day wear!

Many of my August birthday friends and my sister have never liked peridot because all they’ve ever seen is a pale washed out simulated stone. My hope is we’ve been able to change that opinion with our photos of the beautiful peridot!!

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