Peridot

Birthstone: August
Family: Peridot
Colour: Vibrant lime green to dark olive green
Hardness: 6.5 – 7 (as per Mohs hardness scale)
Sources: Burma, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Norway, United States
Interesting Facts: Peridot derives its name from the word ‘faridat which is Arabic for gem. Originally mined on the Red Sea volcanic island of Zabargad (St John), it was brought to Central Europe by the Crusaders in the Middle Ages, to be used mainly for ecclesiastical purposes. In 1749 a meteorite fell on Siberia and peridot was discovered inside.

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