I previously had Peridot from another part of the world, but was unsatisfied with the size and quality. Since Peridot is my own birthstone, I deliberately looked for a better source – specifically searching for Arizona Peridot.
I tracked down this source at the 2019 Tucson Gem Show. He hadn’t officially opened for the show, but nevertheless was willing to let me into his hotel room to pick from his stock. His entire space was covered in 5 gallon buckets of Peridot, each at a different size and quality, some fully rough and others polished. I asked him about the mine and told me about conditions on the Apache Reservation. The miners pick out the Peridot with basic hand tools. Conditions are hot, but otherwise relatively safe. He expected me to haggle and perhaps cheat him. I paid his asking price and felt we both got a good deal.