August's birthstone, peridot ( pronounced pear-ih-doe ) is also recognized as the suggested gift for a 16th wedding anniversary. Volcanic in origin, peridot ranges in color from intense yellowish green to olive and while its color can be exceptional, it will seldom approach the shade of green characteristic of emerald. The finest peridot is bright green to yellowish green with no shade of brown. Peridot is widely available and quite affordable. Its cut into in a large variety of shapes, showing strong color even in smaller sizes, but larger gemstones, especially when internally void of flaws, are difficult to find and costly. Peridot is easily scratched and should be worn carefully and only occasionally in a ring.
Mild soapy warm water, and a soft brush are the best for cleaning your peridot.