PERIDOT - August BirthstoneHere are a few fun facts about peridot:
- Peridot is the National Gem of Egypt
- Peridot Jewelry can be gifted on the 16th wedding anniversary
- Peridot symbolizes love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty. The stone is said to increase patience and confidence, cleanse negative emotions and protect against negative energy
- Also known as “the Evening Emerald” because its sparkling green hue looks brilliant any time of the day
- It has a Green Olive colour
Peridot is one of the few gemstone that occurs in one color, olive green. The intensity and tint of the green, however depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure. So the color of the individual peridot gem can vary from yellow to olive to brownish green.
Olivine of which peridot is a type, is a common mineral in mafic and ultramafic rocks. And often found in lavas and in periodite, xenoliths of the mantle, which lavas carry to the surface, but the gems qualify, peridots occurs in only a fraction of the settings. Peridots can also be found in meteorites.
Though pretty and popular, Peridot is not a very durable gemstone. It has a lower hardness than many gemstones and is more prone to scratches, and has a tendency to occasionally burst under great stress. Peridot also cannot stand intense heat or rapid temperature changes. Peridot can also chip if banged hard, and should never be steam cleaned or cleaned with ultrasonics (Minerals.net).