Peridot, the traditional August Birthstone has been used as a gemstone since the ancient times. It is the mineral Olivine and is one of the few gems that can be found in only one color. According to GIA the pure green variety of Peridot with no yellow tint is finest to own and is highly sought after. The average Peridot is easy to find in smaller carat weights and is usually eye clean without visible inclusions. Only Diamonds and Peridot are formed in Earths mantle far deeper than the crust, where all other gemstones are formed. Peridot is regularly mined in Arizona (USA) and China, with the finest and largest stones coming from Myanmar (Burma), and more recently Pakistan.
With ancient beginnings as long ago as 1500 BCE, Peridot is likely the preffered green gemstone of Egyptian royalty like Cleopatra, not emeralds. It was also believed to be one of the 12 gemstones to represent a tribe of Israel in the book of Exodus.
Peridot has a rich history and affordability that makes it a wonderful stone to wear daily with pride.