Tuesday, July 31, 2012
August Birthstone is Peridot
Peridot is a relatively soft stone, rating a 6.5 to 7 on the hardness scale, making it a little softer than amethyst or emerald. Peridot should be spared rugged wearing if mounted in rings. The stone is also highly sensitive to rapid temperature changes.
How to clean your Peridot jewelry: Do not us an ultrasonic cleaner for your Peridot jewelry. Mix warm (barely above room temp) water with mild liquid dishwashing soap in a small dish place your jewelry and let it set for a few minutes. You can use a soft tooth brush to get those hard to reach spots but be very gentle. Rinse them thoroughly in clean warm (barely above room temp) water than dry it off with a soft cloth. Then stand back and look at them shine.
To keep your peridot jewelry looking beautiful for years to come you will need to protect them. Do not wear them every day especially while doing household chores. Wrap them in tissue or a soft cloth when kept in your jewelry box so that they do not get scratched from other jewelry.
Throughout August I will be posting Peridot and Peridot colored jewelry I create. Please enjoy.