My Favorite August Birthstone

Peridot is my favorite of the traditional August birthstones.  I love the bright green color!  Peridot is one of the few gemstones that exists in only one color: a distinctive signature lime green although the color can vary from yellow green to olive green to brownish.

Wearing peridot is said to bring the wearer magical powers and healing properties and protections. Some people think that wearing peridot can bring power and influence.  Peridot is a reasonably tough stone, but care needs to be taken – peridot can fracture if subjected to a hard blow and it can be scratched.  The stones are susceptible to damage by acids, including acid persperation and cleaning products.  Clean with soapy water and a soft cloth (the Gemological Institute does not recommend an ultrasonic cleaner). 

Most peridot comes from Arizona but is also found in China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.  Peridot, also known as olivine, is a reasonably hard stone that measures 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale and it is available in colors ranging from yellowish green to brown. The bright lime greens and olive greens are the most popular. If you prefer citrus tones or earth tones, peridot is a stone that belongs in your jewelry collection.

Sterling silver abstract pendant with Peridot
Peridot in silver abstract pendant