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Peridot – The Birthstone for August

Stone meaning

Success, Peace, Love

Further information

Peridot is formed of magnesium iron silicate – it only occurs in an olive-green colour. The intensity of the green depends on the amount iron, so the colour of different peridot gems can vary from yellow to brownish-green, with the most valuable colour being dark olive-green.

Most peridot is mined in Arizona, although in the past it was found in Hawaii. However, peridot has also been found on meteorites, then turned into jewellery – cosmic jewellery!

Peridot is softer than many other gemstones, so it should be stored carefully to avoid damage.