August is here and we are in the midst of the “dog days of summer.” There is no better representation for the sentiment August gives us than it’s birthstone, Peridot. The Egyptians called this stone “the gem of the sun.” It’s color reminds me of fresh grass being light up by the mid day sun.
Peridot is a fairly durable get with a hardness ranking between 6.5 and 7. This gem is prized for its restful yellowish green hues and long history. Large strongly-colored, examples can be spectacular, and attractive smaller gems are available for jewelry at all price points.
Most peridot formed deep inside the earth and was delivered to the surface by volcanoes. Some also came to earth in meteorites, but this extraterrestrial peridot is extremely rare, and not likely to be seen in a retail jewelry store.
In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe.
Peridot is found in many locations including, China, the Middle East, Africa, and even here in the states there is a mine in Arizona.