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Peridot is the birthstone for August and gem for the zodiac sign Leo.

Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine.  Peridot is today sourced from many countries including Australia, Brazil, the USA and Zambia.

The colour range for peridot is narrow, from a brown-green colour to yellowish green to pure green.  Although the best peridot is a pure grass green, most peridot is yellowish-green.  Most fine peridot is eye clean. Tiny black spots might be visible with magnification. Peridot is cut in a wide variety of styles, including ovals, emerald cuts, and cushions.

Although peridot is a relatively hard and durable stone, it is still softer than many other gems.  It should be handled carefully to prevent scratches. It has a brittle tenacity, and can break under high pressure (such as tension set rings).  Intense temperature/climate changes should also be avoided.
Peridot is easily cleaned using warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.  Then, simply rinse the stone well to remove any residue.