Peridot a gemstone that is pronounced as Pear-ih doe, is a beauty to behold and can make your beloved say a YES!!! While known for thousands of years, this gemstone is popular for its beautiful olive green color. It is not that this gem is not available in other colors it is also available in colors like brown, yellow.
The birthstone for the month of August, peridot, have a decent hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s hardness scale. Also as it is reasonable as compared to emeralds it can be a perfect gift for someone you love. Though it comes at a lower price but peridot jewelry has to be handled with care. The reason for this is that it is extremely susceptible to chemical weathering. If not handled carefully this gemstone can change colors or lose its color quite rapidly.
Always bear in mind that gemstone has its jewelry niches. For those looking for a wonderful green gemstone but feel that emerald is too bright or deep green for their needs then the green gemstone is perfect option. These gemstones are commonly referred to as “evening emerald”.
How is Peridot formed?
The mineral source from which peridot is extracted is called Olivine. Olivine mineral usually contains many elements including magnesium, some iron, silica rock or stone and oxygen. But is it the presence of nickel and chromium that imparts the deep green color of these stones. Peridot is not found in many places and it could because this gem is very susceptible to weathering. High heat, water and friction can easily destroy a gemstone.
Where Peridot found?
As already mentioned peridot is rare and is found only in select places. St. Johns Island in the Red Sea, Myanmar in Asia and the state of Arizona in the United States are two main sources of this gem. As peridot is a very uncommon gem so it definitely turn heads. It grabs attention in many beautiful colors such as green, olive green, yellow, yellowish brown and brownish green. The only thing that everyone who plans for owning this gemstone jewelry is to handle it with extra care as it scratches easily and can lose its color. In fact it is not as hard as many other gemstones.
Why opt for Peridot
It can be the best choice if you are looking for a wonderful gemstone that is not as known, but still very attractive. Some people opt for this gem for the symbolism associated with Peridots which relate this gem to love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty. Not only this there are many other beliefs regarding this gem Egyptian priests drank ‘Soma’ a stimulating beverage from this gem cups as they believed this draws them closer to Isis, the goddess of nature. Also as peridot glows with light even in darkness that is why miners used to scout for these gems during the night, marking their location, and returning in the light of day to retrieve them. The ancient belief was that peridot has the power to dissolve enchantments and to drive evil spirits away. People wore it after it had been set in gold as a peridot talisman so that this gem can exert its full powers and dispel the terrors of the night. Powdered peridot was used as a remedy for asthma.