Peridot can be found in Burma, Pakistan, China, Vietnam and Arizona.
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 proven troublesome throughout history. The ancient Romans nicknamed it "emerald of the evening". Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone.
Peridot jewelry pairs well with neutral colors and black for a bolder, brighter look. Popular as peridot necklaces, the August birthstone is a beautiful option for going out, or staying in! Peridot pairs well with other gemstones, making it a great option for mixed-gemstone jewelry.
Peridot is formed within the earth under extreme amounts of heat and pressure. The stone is often created by volcanoes.
Cleaning & Care
Jewelry with peridot should be cleaned using warm soapy water and a soft brush. Ultrasonic or steam cleaners should not be used on peridot. Take care when wearing peridot jewelry to protect the stone from hard blows or scratches. Avoid harsh chemicals, extreme heat, and rapid temperature changes.
Heat treatments may be used to bring out the bright color of peridot gemstones.
6.5 - 7.0
Scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.
3.2 - 4.3
The relation between the density of any substance and the density of water.
1.64 - 1.70
The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium.