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Peridot

Peridot is the extraterrestrial gem: tiny peridot crystals have been discovered in meteors that fall to earth. On our planet, this lime-green gem forms in volcanoes, under tremendous heat and pressure.

Peridot is treasured in Hawaii as the goddess Pele's tears. The island of Oahu even has beaches made out of tiny grains of peridot. Today most peridot is mined, often by hand, by Native Americans on the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona.

The fresh yellowish-green of Gemvara's peridot is its distinctive signature. The color of most gems is caused by traces of other elements but the color of peridot is an integral part of its structure. If you love citrus tones or earth tones, you'll find that peridot is an integral part of your jewelry wardrobe too. Its bracing squeeze of green is also an ideal foil to sky blue.

The ancient Romans called peridot "evening emerald," since its green color did not darken at night but was still visible by lamplight. Peridot was mined in ancient Egypt on an island called Zeberget. Later, peridot was also often used to adorn medieval churches.

Peridot, is the birthstone for August, the zodiac stone for Leo, and the 16th anniversary gem.

With a hardness of 6.5, peridot is harder than metal but softer than many other gems. Store peridot jewelry with care to avoid scratches. When you wear it, protect it from blows. Because peridot is sensitive to rapid changes in temperature, never have it steam cleaned and avoid ultrasonic cleaners. Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect.

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