Peridots have been used ornamentally for centuries. In fact, it's
believed that Cleopatra's beloved emeralds were more likely this
paler green stone often called the evening emerald. Peridots are
found on just about every continent, but the bulk of gem quality
peridots comes from Burma, China, Pakistan and the San Carlos Apache
Indian Reservation in the US.
They are one
of the less expensive gems, and are often found in large (over 10
carat) sizes. This means that it's not unusual to find excellent
quality peridots for low prices. Because it is inexpensive and
readily available, peridot is a favorite material for some of the
more fanciful cuts of gemstone.
in warm water with dishwashing detergent, or a mild commercial
solution. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives which can damage the
surface and destroy the luster. You can use a small amount of ammonia
in the water to help brighten the stone if it's excessively dirty.
Soak in dishwater solution for 10 to 20 minutes, then scrub
thoroughly but gently with a soft brush. Rinse and dry well before
storing. Have jewelry professionally cleaned every one to two years.
stone is relatively soft, peridot jewelry needs to be protected from
harder jewelry and metals in your jewelry box. Store it in a soft
pouch of its own to keep other gems from scratching or marring the surface.