1-Peridot is a gem quality form of the mineral Olivine.
2- The chemical composition of Peridot includes iron and magnesium. Iron is the cause of the attractive yellowish green colors exhibited in Peridot.
3- The word Peridot is derived from the Arabic “faridat” which means “gem”.
4-Most of the Peridot formed deep within the earth was delivered to the surface by volcanoes.
5- Peridot is commonly mined in Arizona, Burma, China and Sri Lanka.
6-Peridot has been the official birthstone of August since 1912. It is also the 15th anniversary gemstone.
7-The color range for Peridot is narrow, from a brown-green color to yellowish green to pure green. Yellowish green is the most common Peridot color seen in jewelry.
8-Peridot has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.”
9-Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been Peridot.
10-One of the most famous Peridots is a 46.16 karat stone that was extracted in Pakistan and can be seen today in the Smithsonian Museum.