The combination of bright summery greens and gorgeous glowing golden tones make peridot one of the most visually striking gemstones. Peridot is Unlike other gemstones, which are coloured by impurities and known as allochromatic, Peridot is idiochromatic because its colour comes from the chemical composition of the gem. It has a fascinating history that dates back over 4,000 years – interested in learning all that & more? There’s a lot to love about the gem that Ancient Egyptians referred to as the gem of the sun – so, without further ado, let’s dive right in…
The History of August’s Birthstone – Peridot
One of the oldest known gemstones, the first peridot was thought to be mined over 4000 years ago in Ancient Egypt. Legend has it the bright green stone was collected for the pharaohs. Even Cleopatra is thought to have been adorned with peridot jewellery and headdresses.
Peridot is a valuable and popular gemstone coloured a brilliant golden-green. Peridot is often mistaken for emeralds, though the stone’s transparent quality lends it a shimmering aspect. Often mined at night, peridot’s glow-in-the-dark quality allows workers to better locate this iridescent stone.
Because of its intense green colour, peridot is often linked to the fourth or the heart chakra that appears in ancient Sanskrit texts and yogic teachings. The stone is said to promote positivity and peace, along with feelings of love and compassion. Some even believe this gem wards off evil spirits and negative energy.
What Colour is August’s Birthstone?
The Peridot gemstone is typically light green in colour – and one of the things that makes it unique is that it is always some shade of green (never entirely different in colour). The intensity of the green depends on the amount of iron found in the gemstone itself – when containing more, it will be a deeper, more intense green (in which case it is also considered to be more valuable)
What is the Spiritual Meaning of Peridot?
As a result of its intense green colour, peridot is often linked to the fourth or the heart chakra that appears in ancient Sanskrit texts and yogic teachings. The stone is said to promote positivity and peace, along with feelings of love and compassion. Some even believe this gem wards off evil spirits and negative energy.
Where Is Peridot Found?
Though peridot is not necessarily difficult to locate, high-quality gems are in fact rare. While the majority of gemstones form fairly close to the Earth’s surface, peridot, like the diamond, forms deeper down.
Peridot can be found all over the world in the following countries: Norway, Myanmar, Australia, Tanzania, Egypt, Brazil, the United States and most recently Pakistan. Crystallizing and forming in the Earth’s mantle in hot lava, peridot is pushed to the surface by volcanic activity.
The three most common types of peridot are: Pakistani, Hunan and Changbai. Lighter in hue than other types of peridot, Pakistani peridot was discovered in 1994 among the Himalaya. Coloured a distinctive golden-green, Hunan peridot is named for its region of origin in southeastern China. Changbai peridot is mined in the mountains of northeastern China and possesses a rich green colour.
Are Peridots Valuable?
As far as gems go, peridot is a fairly affordable stone though larger stones can be quite valuable. A 1ct stone runs about £35-60. Larger stones in the 1-2ct range will usually cost around £300. Its affordability makes peridot a wonderful alternative to diamonds for an engagement ring or another special occasion piece of jewellery.
What Are The Different Species of Peridot?
The three most common types of peridot are Pakistani, Hunan, and Changbai. Lighter in hue than other types of peridot, Pakistani peridot was discovered in 1994 among the Himalayas. Coloured with a distinctive golden green, Hunan Peridot is named for its region of origin in southeastern China. Changbai peridot is mined in the mountains of northeastern China and possesses a rich green colour.
The Physical Properties of Peridot
The Peridot gemstone itself is a brittle stone with a hardness of 6½ – this does make it susceptible to chips and scratches so care should be taken with jewellery, especially rings. Even perfumes, hairspray, and make-up can damage the stone so always apply your perfume before preparing for a night out in your Peridot jewellery…
Peridot Birthstone Jewelry and Gifts
Peridot August Birthstone Jewelry Buyers’ Guide
Here are a few quick tips for buying peridot:
Check the colour of the stone. Gem-quality peridot is unblemished and unspoiled in colour.
Evaluate the cut of the stone. Peridot stones are cut in a variety of ways so choose the shape that best suits your personality and the type of jewellery you’re looking to buy.
Consider the setting for your stone. Yellow or rose gold complements peridot’s striking green hue better than white metal bands and clasps.
Accent the stone with diamonds. Small circular diamonds set alongside peridot highlight the gem’s naturally brilliant colour and glittering aspect.
Traditionally, peridot makes a wonderful gift for a first or 16th anniversary. Because of its vibrant hue and natural brilliance, peridot doesn’t require much embellishment to make a piece of jewellery pop. A simple single-band ring or stud earrings are two of the most versatile and stylish ways to wear peridot jewellery.
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August Birthstone Alternatives
August is one of the few months associated with multiple gemstones. Aside from peridot, sardonyx and spinel also represent this summer month. Sardonyx, a combination of sard and onyx, features pale red stripes intermixed with thin white bands. Red and sparkling, spinel is often mistaken for ruby or sapphire.
Final Thoughts – Is August Your Birth Month?
Are you born in August? Or know someone who’s celebrating their birthday this month? If so, consider treating yourself or surprising them with a unique piece of peridot jewellery from us this month.