Gem of the Month — August

Peridot, the gem with a citrus green color, belongs to the Olivine group of silicates from forsterite to fayalite. The peridot forms prismatic crystals often in the form of grains or masses with colors that vary from bright green to those tinged with brown. It may have a yellowish streak and vitreous luster.

Peridot is found in Australia, Brazil, Myanmar, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka, China, and the United States. The energetic green gemstone is symbolic of August birthday's, as well as given to those born under the zodiac sign of Libra. It is often used to celebrate 1st and 16th wedding anniversary's. It is also an ideal gemstone for lovers of green - whose approachable, and balanced nature is reflected in the gem's verdent hue

Peridot, as well as being recommended as a cure for insomnia, is said to aid the digestion and placate the nervous system. It acts like a tonic and heals the physical body and can be useful in reducing fever. Used in treating emotional states such as anger or jealousy. Also, according to astrologers, the wearer of peridot will enjoy happiness in marriage, the power of eloquence in speech and enduring freedom from insecurity-both emotional and physical. Peridot was believed to have the power to dissolve enchantments.

-The Hawaiian people treasured peridot, believing the gem to be the tears of the Goddess Pele.

-The Romans named the gem "Evening Emerald" because its brilliant color did not fade in lamplight, instead it seemed to glow in the evening hours. Partly, for this reason, peridot was believed to help dreams become reality and to drive away evil spirits of the night.

-Having been mined on an island in the Red Sea since 1500 BC. The Ancients considered Peridot to be the gem of the sun. They believed that it would send evil spirits away, lessen one's thirst when placed underneath the tongue, and to drive out nighttime terrors when placed in gold. Historians believe that some of the "emeralds" worn by Cleopatra were really peridot.

Scientific Information:
Gem Species: Peridot
Hardness: 6.5 - 7
AA: medium to dark; yellowish green; eye clean; good cut
Arizona: medium to dark; slightly yellowish green; eye clean to slight imperfections; good cut; mined in Arizona

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