jpdpe0297Happy Birthday to all of our August readers! I love your birthstone, Peridot.

Peridot is a unique and radiant lime green stone, prized by Hawaiians as thegoddess Pele's tears. Some beaches in Oahu contain crushed grains of Peridot in the sand. The depth of green in thisAugust birthstonecan vary from a light yellow-green to an olive brown color and grows more intense beneath evening light.

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This gemstone is said to remove all traces of fear and create a state of restfulness for its wearer. Bestowing wisdom and courage, Peridot is also considered by many to be a sign of wealth (this must be why I like it so much, I have always been told I have expensive taste).

jerpd0302Peridot comeslava fields and meteorites. Actually, most Peridot is mined right in the USA, in Arizona. However, within the past twenty years, new deposits of Peridot have been discovered in Pakistan among the Himalaya Mountains. The most famous and rare variety, Kashmir Peridot, is a very vivid stone that comes from Pakistan.

Peridot ranks a 6.5-7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale and is suitable for every day wear. However, some Peridot edges can be brittle so it should be warn with some caution. Peridot is sometimes permanently heat treated to bring out the brightest green possible.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know. Happy Birthday again to all of our August fans, friends, readers and customers.

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Here's MY favorite Peridot item at Day's, theMetalsmiths Sterling Peridot Necklace. Happy Shopping! ~Melissa