Peridot is treasured in Hawaii as the goddess Pele’s tears. The island of Oahu even
has beaches made out of tiny grains of peridot. Although Hawaii’s volcanoes have
produced some peridot large enough to be cut into gemstones, virtually all peridot
sold in Hawaii today is from Arizona, another state with extreme geology.
The fresh lime green of peridot is its distinctive signature. Its spring green color also
is ideal with sky blue.
Today most peridot is mined, often by hand, by Native Americans on the San Carlos
Reservation in Arizona. Peridot found here is beautiful in color but relatively small in
size. Faceted peridot from Arizona is rare in sizes above five carats. Fine large
peridot are found in Burma and large quantities of peridot are also mined in China. In
1994, an exciting new deposit of fine peridot was discovered in Pakistan, 15,000 feet
above sea level in the far west of the Himalaya Mountains in the Pakistanian part of
Peridot, the birthstone for August, is harder than metal but softer than many gemstones. Store peridot jewelry with care to
avoid scratches and protect from blows. Because peridot is sensitive to rapid changes in temperature, never have it steam
cleaned and avoid ultrasonics. Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can
collect. Your AGTA jeweler will tell you how to best care for your peridot.