Peridot and Garnet
Traditionally the finest Peridot have come from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and almost all larger stones will be from this location. It is also found in China, Arizona in the U.S.A. and fine pieces have also come from Pakistan.
It is of course the birthstone for August and is said to attract love as well as to calm anger. Because it is calming to the central nervous system it is also helpful in promoting sleep if worn to bed.
The gem specialist world was delighted some years ago by discovery of a type of garnet which had been quite scarce until that time. At the Kunene River, on the border between Namibia and Angola, a deposit of beautiful orange to Orange-red Garnets was discovered. Under the trade name `Mandarin Garnet`, this lovely orange garnet became world-famous in no time at all. Unfortunately, the mine in the quiet hills of Namibia was only able to be mined for a few years. Another deposit of the orange Garnet was discovered, this time in Nigeria. Their colour and brilliance are similar to those of the Mandarin garnets from Namibia but doesn`t quite have the intense orange of the original.
These are also found in Madagascar in excellent colour and occasionally in Pakistan and India. Hardness is good at 7 1/4 but Garnet can be a little brittle so care is advised for long life.