PERIDOT

[\ˈper-ə-ˌdät, -ˌdō(t)\]

BIRTHSTONE: August

ORIGIN: Peridot can be found in Burma, Pakistan, China, Vietnam and Arizona

HISTORY: Peridot is primarily connected with ancient Egypt; some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridot gems. Its close resemblance to emerald has been seen as confusing throughout history. The ancient Romans nicknamed it "emerald of the evening". Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone.

FASHION: Peridot pairs well with neutral colors and black for a bolder, brighter look. You can show off your fun side with peridot jewelry. Peridot pairs well with other gemstones; this green stone does not seem to have a problem fitting in and making friends! Don’t you want to be Peridot’s friend too?

FORMATION: Peridot is formed within the earth under extreme amounts of heat and pressure. The stone is often created by volcanoes.

CLEANING & CARE: Peridot should be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft brush. Ultrasonic or steam cleaners are not recommended. Take care when wearing peridot to protect the stone from hard blows or scratches. Avoid harsh chemicals, extreme heat and rapid temperature changes. 

TREATMENTS: Heat treatments may be used to bring out the brightness of color in a peridot gemstone.

MOH'S HARDNESS : 6.5 - 7.0 Scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 3.2 - 4.3 The relation between the density of any substance and the density of water.

REFRACTIVE INDEX:  1.64 - 1.70 The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium.

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