Birthstone for August is the Peridot Peridot (pair-a-doe) is a variety of Olivine.Olivine being more of a deep olive color and Peridot a lighter more yellowish green.Peridot can range from apple green to brownish olive.Peridot is dichromatic which means the color is due to the chemical composition of the mineral not from additional trace elements.Varying concentrations of iron determine the depth of color.The premium Peridot is the apple green color with a hint of gold. Peridot is found in the Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Arizona and Hawaii. Nearly 95% if the world’s production of Peridot is from Arizona. The Peridot from the Middle East is more rare and of better quality.Peridot also comes from Outer Space as it is found in iron-nickel meteorites called pallasites.These are often faceted and made into jewelry. Peridot has been mined for over 4000 years and legend has it this gem was Cleopatra’s favorite.Introduced to Europe by the crusaders in the Middle Ages it was used in many pieces of jewelry worn by royalty and the court.This was mostly because they confused this green gem with the more valuable emerald.In more modern times,when the values of these pieces were reassessed it was discovered the true identity of the stone.Peridot is 6.5 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale.It can be faceted for jewelry, but care should be taken in wearing rings and bracelets as the stone is a little brittle. Peridot reacts badly to acids so remove your Peridot jewelry when doing housework or working with any acids.Never place your Peridot in the ultrasonic cleaner and do not use steam to clean.Simply use a soft tooth brush with mild soap and water.Then dry with a soft cloth.Check our store for great deals on peridot jewelry.