Birthstone 08 - August Peridot, Gemstone Jewelry

The Peridot – Quick Facts about August’s Birthstone

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Peridot: The August Birthstone

Peridot is one unique gemstone that has a shining bright olive green color and it comes in this color only. The peridot gemstone is the birthstone of August. It comes from the olivine mineral family that is rich in magnesium. The name “Peridot” has no clear derivation, some say it comes from classic Latin language meaning “opal” and some say it is from the Arabic word “Faridat” which means “gem”.

This mysterious yet glamorous Peridot gemstone has been popular for thousands of years for it’s glowing vibrant color.

Peridot is found in volcanic basalt and is 1 of 2 gems formed in Earth’s upper mantle. Olivine mineral can be found in abundant quantity but the gem-quality peridot is very rare. The main countries that have a huge quantity of Peridot are India, Australia, China, Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia.  

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History of Peridot

Peridot was discovered in Egypt more than four thousand years ago. In ancient Egypt, Peridot was considered to be sent from the sky by the explosion of a star. They also associated it with the sun. Egyptians used peridot to decorate their household items such as cups and pots. They used this precious Peridot gemstone to treat nightmares too. Romans used peridot to shake away their fears and depression. Peridot rings were extremely popular among European bishops. 

Believed Spiritual Qualities

According to ancient astrology, peridot has some unique spiritual qualities. Peridot is said to take away your boredom and make you happy. It is also helpful to control your mood swings. It is believed that the peridot wearer has a special aura around him/her. This aura protects them from all the negative energies and people around them and benefits them to be positive all the time. It is a strong meditating gemstone that relaxes your mind, soul, and your body. 

Peridot is believed to help you overcome anxiety and depression. It signifies warmth and compassion. It mends a broken heart and enhances harmony in a weak relationship. Peridot makes you follow your heart, motivates you to achieve your dreams.

Interesting Facts

Now let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts about the peridot.

  • Egypt’s national and official gemstone in peridot.
  • The second name for Peridot is “Chrysolite”.
  • Peridot is considered the 16th wedding anniversary gemstone.
  • It is one of the oldest gemstones in the world; peridot was found in 1500 BC.
  • Scientists have found Peridots in meteorites, outside of our Solar System. (How cool!) 

Peridot Jewelry

Peridot jewelry is a real treat to eyes. The unique and bright olive green color makes the gemstone jewelry experience more glamorous and exciting. Peridot jewelry looks equally good in gold and silver material. Many artisans show their creativity in bringing the elegance of the peridot gemstone into earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces.

A beautiful peridot and diamond ring set in rose gold,