What is Peridot?
Peridot is a gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine. It’s primarily found in the United States, China, and Pakistan. Peridot is often used as a gemstone and is a popular choice for jewelry due to its vibrant green color and spiritual significance.
Peridot is a vibrant green gemstone that belongs to the mineral olivine family. Its bright color and lustrous appearance make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items. The stone is often used in rings, necklaces, and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate (Olivine group)|
|Color||Shades of green, from yellow-green to olive to brownish-green.|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent.|
|Occurrence||Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan, United States (Arizona).|
|Formation||Peridot is found in igneous rocks and sometimes brought to the surface by volcanoes. It's also found in meteorites.|
|Cleavage||Perfect in two directions|
|Mohs Hardness||6.5 to 7.|
|Specific Gravity||Approximately 3.34.|
|Diagnostic Properties||Olive-green color, often in small rounded crystals.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.650 - 1.703|
|2V angle||Not applicable (organic)|