Gemstone: Peridot – Feeling Green?

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Peridot gemstones have been in use for many thousands of years, and were historically called Olivine. The name peridot is said to have come from either the French word peritot meaning “unclear” or the Arabic word faridat meaning “gem”.

 

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Peridot t is a beautiful transparent, green coloured stone.


BIRTHSTONES

Modern Birthstone – August

Anniversary – 16th

 

SOURCE

Peridot gemstones have been found in a large number of locations, including Brazil, Pakistan, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Sri Lanka, USA and Egypt.

 

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 HARDNESS

Peridot measures 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Although it is quite a hard stone, it is not the best stone for rings or certain types of ornamental jewellery as it is extremely susceptible to chemical weathering and can change colours or lose its colour quite rapidly.  In fact, one of the reasons that Peridot is very difficult to find around the world, is that once it surfaces or comes close to the surface, it often weathers away in very quickly.

 

FASCINATING FACTS

It may increase confidence and assertiveness, balanced by patience and clarity of thought.

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Peridot is found primarily among rocks that were created by volcanoes and buried deep under ground, so wherever there are or was volcanoes, this mineral is likely to be found. 

 In Hawaii, peridot symbolises the tears of Hele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes. 

There is no synthetic or manmade version of peridot, but imitations do exist.  These are usually made of glass or natural tourmaline.

 

Click to discover more interesting facts about Alexandrite or Aquamarine gemstones.

 

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