Peridot - August Birthstone

Saturday, July 30, 2011
 

Peridot – August Birthstone

Peridot is surrounded by superstition. Peridot was thought to protect its wearers from evil spirits. It was once thought to contain rays of sunshine, an observation likely borne from its golden to deep green glow in the sunlight. The Egyptians first found peridot at Zabargad, a Red Sea island; the first written reference of it was in 300 B.C. The stones were greatly prized by the Egyptian kings who dominated the island. The hardness is 6-7 on the Mohs scale, diamond being a 10.
7/30/2011 12:25:00 PM

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