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How and where is Peridot formed?

Peridot, pronounced Pear-ih-doe is a wonderful gemstone that is very popular for its olive green hue.  In fact, its gemstone name is Peridot, but the mineral from which it comes from is called Olivine.  Olivine is mineral that usually contains many elements including most of all magnesium, some iron, silica rock or stone and oxygen.  It is important to note that in particular, deep green stones usually have two element additions, nickel and chromium.

Usually Peridot is found in rocks that are high in iron or magnesium.  Unfortunately, Peridot is not found in many regions around the world.  This fact is possibly due to the way in which Peridot is very susceptible to weathering.  For instance, high heats, water and friction can easily destroy Peridot. This is not only true in deposits in mines and under the surface, but for ornamental jewelry that is created from these wonderfully hued stones.

While Peridot is rare, it can be found in a select few places, primarily St. Johns Island in the Red Sea, Myanmar in Asia and the state of Arizona in the United States.

Peridot, because of its weaknesses are not usually made into rings.  They can scratch easily, can lose their color and are not as hard as many other gemstones. They are usually considered too fragile for certain applications.  However, if you are looking for a gemstone that is not to be worn on an everyday basis, Peridot is rare enough to definitely turn heads. It comes in many beautiful colors such as green, olive green, yellow, yellowish brown and brownish green.

Different colors, shapes and sizes that Peridot comes in

If you are looking for a wonderful gemstone that is not as known, but still very attractive, you should definitely consider Peridot. Peridot is a beautiful gemstone made from the mineral Olivine. Peridot’s primary color is a beautiful olive green hue.  However, it does come in a host of other colors such as yellow, yellowish brown and brownish green. Peridot may not be as known as other green stones such as Emerald, but for many people, it does have great qualities that make it attractive.

Peridot comes in many different sizes and it is not uncommon to find a Peridot gemstone that is over 15 carats.  Peridot also can be cut in many different shapes and sizes. For instance, Peridot is used many times for necklace charms and brooches.  Earrings are also popular with this beautiful gemstone.

The gemstone is made from magnesium, iron, silica and can include nickel or chromium, especially if it is the color green.  When yellow, expect more iron in it.  While Peridot does scratch easily and is susceptible to weathering, for many people that are looking for a gemstone to be worn occasionally, Peridot is a great choice.

While emeralds are usually the most popular gemstones that come in green, Peridot is considered the “evening emerald” for its olive tinge and more subtle hue.  While all types of jewelry can be made from Peridot, the only pieces that you should be worry about are rings.  However, if you are looking for a less known, but extremely beautiful rare gemstone, you can’t do much better than Peridot.

 
   
   
 
 
 
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