Peridot is the Birthstone for August
By Maury Kauffman
8/2/2016 at 4:32 PM
Peridot (pronounced PAIR-ih-doh) is treasured in Hawaii as the goddess Pele's tears. The island of Oahu even has beaches made from tiny grains of Peridot. Its fresh lime green color is its distinctive signature. Fine large Peridot is found in Burma, China and at 15,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains. Peridot is harder than metal but softer than most gemstones, so it should be carefully stored to avoid scratches and protected from bumps. Because Peridot is sensitive to rapid changes in temperature, never allow it to be steamed or ultrasonic cleaned.