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-August Birthstone

-Uneven or rapid temperature changes may cause the stone to fracture or break
-Peridot is sensitive to acidic solutions
-The yellowish to greenish yellow color comes from iron
-Designated for the 16th wedding anniversary
-Symbolizes married happiness
The August birthstone is peridot, which belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series. Its yellowish to greenish yellow color comes from iron, and the stone is relatively familiar to the general public. Peridot is ranked 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale and has a fair to good toughness. Uneven or rapid temperature changes can cause the stones to fracture or break. Additionally, the stones are sensitive to acidic solutions. We recommend warm soapy water instead of steam or ultrasonic cleaning techniques. Peridot is a plentiful stone mined primarily in the United States, although the Egyptians are credited with its discovery as early as 1500 B.C. Other sources for this beautiful stone are China, Pakistan, and Burma. There are no known enhancements for Peridot.
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