Peridot and Arizona Peridot
Hardness: 6.5-7 Mohs
Enhancement Code: Natural
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
SWAROVSKI GEMS™ Apple Fine: Medium to dark colour; minimal eye-visible inclusions
Care: Rated “fair” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. Avoid contact with chemicals.To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.
Major Sources: Australia, Brazil, China, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, United States
Peridot has been celebrated for over 4,000 years, adorning jewelry of the pharaohs and representing one of the 12 tribes of Israel.
The Hawaiian people believed peridot to be the tears of the Goddess Pele. The Romans called it “Evening Emerald” because its brilliant colour did not fade in lamp light, but glowed in the evening hours. Peridot was thought to help dreams become reality.
Arizona peridot is hand-hewn from the Peridot Mesa on the San Carlos Reservation. It’s a point of pride for the Apache nation and the most popular source of domestic peridot.
This energetic green gemstone is symbolic of August birthdays and those born under the zodiac sign of Libra. It is often used to celebrate the 1st and 16th wedding anniversary.