There’s a lot you might not know (yet) about this shimmery, lush green gem, the birthstone for anyone born in August. Its sparkling beauty is undeniable, for starters, plus it’s got some unique healing and protective qualities. Keep reading to learn more about why we love Peridot:
💚 Are you green with envy or love?
If you love green, you might think that emerald is your only option for gemstones, but you have another brilliant choice: Peridot. This August birthstone is made of iron and magnesium, which is responsible for its beautiful yellowish-green hues. Peridot often comes from volcanic rocks, which are rich in both iron and magnesium.
💚 Need a little mood booster?
The Egyptians called Peridot the “gem of the sun” because it appeared warm, bright, and transparent. Many believed that Peridot would protect the wearer from night terrors or could ward off evil spirits. Associated with balance and strength, Peridot brings peace and harmony to your mind and body. It also improves your mood and enhances creativity!
💚 Do you love a stone with history?
There is strong evidence that Cleopatra’s famous Emerald collection might have been Peridot instead. In medieval times most people believed Peridot to be emerald, which would explain the confusion. Historians thought that the stunning 200-carat gems at the Three Holy Kings in the Cologne Cathedral in Germany were Emeralds when there are Peridots.
Peridot, the August birthstone, and the 16th wedding anniversary gift come from hardened volcanic rock, meteorites, and some fancy exotic places like Peridot Beach in Hawaii, known for its shimmering green sand.
💚 Made in the USA too!
Originally mined in Egypt and Burma, did you know that you can find Peridot in the United States?
Arizona is the primary source of Peridot found in the United States. Volcanic eruptions resulted in lava spreading across the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation thousands of years ago when it was still just a barren desert.
💎 Care Guide for Peridot:
Show it some love!
Unlike diamonds with a hardness of 10 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, Peridot is softer, with a hardness of 6.5 to 7. Because of this, Peridot is best used for necklaces and earrings as opposed to rings which can expose the stone to scratches. Caring for Peridot takes a little extra TLC and should be done by hand with mild dish soap and warm water to preserve the stone.
Craving something with rich color, history, meaning, and allure?
Of course, tall tales and folklore aside, if you love a luscious green stone, and the more common Emerald doesn’t excite you, you’ve got to add some Peridot pieces to your jewelry collection!