PERIDOT

Peridot which is pronounced as Pear-ih doe, is a wonderful gemstone that is not found in many regions of the world. While known for thousands of years, many times it was incorrectly called Chrysolite. Peridot is usually noted as a beautiful olive green stone. While other colors such as brown, yellow, yellowish brown and brownish green are available, by the far the most popular and attractive are the olive green colored gemstones. Peridot is sometimes called Olivine which is its Mineral name. However, when sold at commercial jewelry stores, it is almost always named Peridot. Peridot is made from magnesium and iron with silica and oxygen mixed in. While Peridot is very popular for its olive green appearance, it is sometimes considered an “evening stone” compared to the sharp hues that make the emerald.. Peridot is not that common in many world regions and thus does not have an extensive history. However, it is still considered one of the birthstones available for the month of August. While Peridot does have a decent hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s hardness scale, it is usually considered not the best stone for rings or certain types of ornamental jewelry. The reason being is that it is extremely susceptible to chemical weathering and can change colors or lose its color 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 possibly weathers away in very quick fashion.

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