August birthstone, Peridot (pronounced Peri-doe and not peri–dot!), also known as ‘The Gem of the Sun’, is a remarkably rare, a precious stone discovered in volcanic lava or fallen meteorites. Peridot is both a day and a night stone, keeping its dazzling color in any lighting and aptly earning the name “evening emerald.” These beautiful stones range in hues from bright grassy green to deep olive, and just one glance is enough to captivate you.
In honor of the fascinating stone for August babies, here’s everything you need to know to rock peridot in style. Let’s attract some luck while looking lovely, shall we?
Peridot's History: A Journey Through the Ages
Peridots have been encased in myths for thousands of years. They were first discovered when Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD), an ancient researcher, found the August Birthstone on a little island near Egypt. Later, the ancient Egyptians protected this island closely because it was supposed to be the home of priceless treasures. Some of Cleopatra’s famed emeralds are said to have been peridots. They were popular amongst the Egyptian Pharaohs and are now the country’s national gem.
The Peridot was also a spiritually significant gem in Hawaiian mythology prior to its arrival and introduction to Western culture. In ancient Hawaii, worshippers would celebrate Pele, the volcano goddess, and gather the stones after each eruption, believing they were the goddess’ tears of joy. Pele unleashes her fury with lava but then repays the people with gleaming droplets of sun. This is what made Peridot known as a ‘stone of healing and forgiveness’.
The stone did not become widely popular until the Victorian and Edwardian eras. This is because King Edward declared it his favorite stone, associating it with confidence, regality, and strength.
Symbolism of the August Birthstone – The Meaning and Beliefs
The name of the stone is derived from the Arabic word “Faridat,” which means “gem.” Some claim that the name comes from the Ancient Greeks and has something to do with the phrase “Peridona,” which means “giving in abundance,” and that it refers to the popular belief that the stone bestows wealth, success, and ultimate good fortune.
Peridot, nature’s beautiful green color, is connected with harmony, wellness, restful sleep, and peace. Also known as the stone of compassion, it is thought to soothe anger. This stone was meant to protect the wearer from nightmares and was commonly implanted on the armors of Crusaders who had returned from the Mediterranean, as it was believed to strengthen and boost positive qualities.
The August Birthstone Collection at Gabriel & Co.
Whether looking for peace, fulfilling your soul, or just a gorgeous piece of jewelry, the August birthstone is your best option! Breathing life from Mother Nature’s heart, Gabriel & Co has an impeccable collection featuring these fresh August Greens.
We don’t make any compromises when it comes to choosing a ring. Whether celebrating a birthday this month or simply indulging yourself, a timeless peridot ring is always a great option! The classic elegance of the 14K Yellow Gold Peridot and Diamond Halo Promise Rings makes it ideal for any occasion.
We’re constantly looking for that perfect set of earrings that complement our attire, whether it’s casual or dressy. This is it. Peridots show off their fresh, brilliant shine when set against beautiful sterling silver. These Sterling Silver Studs with round peridots make a modern design statement that can be mixed and matched with any accessory.
A delicate and thin Pendant Necklace is the most comfortable way to wear the birthstone. A sparkling Diamond Halo anchors this intricate and gorgeous design, 18.00 Inch 14K Gold Chain, and cool peridot. Wear it alone or with matching earrings; either way, it will look fabulous. Call it a jolt of joy on a gloomy day.
If you’re seeking a little sunshine and fun this season, this gorgeous bracelet is the way to go. The Bujukan Bead Cuff Bracelet is a celebration of vibrantly playful elegance as a whole and is meticulously crafted with Diamond Stations. Planning to head to the beach soon? It’s perfect to match with your hats and fancy sunglasses.
Caring and cleaning the August Birthstone, Peridot
The peridot is softer than many stones and cannot withstand heavy wear. Since it scores a humble 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, the stone is not suggested for everyday usage. Some acids, as well as long-term contact with acidic sweat, can harm the August birthstone. Peridot cleaning is a delicate process.
Use just a fine brush, lukewarm water, and mild dishwashing liquid when cleaning the peridot. As peridot jewelry is vulnerable to thermal stress under certain conditions, excessive cleaning with steam or an ultrasonic cleaner might ruin it.
Interesting Facts – Know your Peridots Better!
1. The name is derived from the Arabic word “faridat,” which simply means “gem.”
2. While the gemstone was found thousands of years ago, the National Association of Jewelers designated peridot as the August birthstone only in 1912.
3. Peridot is the only gemstone with a single hue. Peridots may have varied colors and levels of clarity and transparency, but they will all be green.
4. Peridot is one of the jewels used to embellish Cologne’s Shrine of the Three Kings.
5. Many British royals adorn peridot. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, usually wears a peridot, blue topaz, and diamond earrings.
6. Peridot has been discovered in meteorite crash sites, indicating that it occurs in space.
7. On a lighter note, peridots are thought to decrease ego and jealousy, quite ironic since green is generally known as the color of envy.
8. The biggest peridot discovered to date is 319 carats in weight and can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Peridots are an excellent alternative to emeralds for individuals who enjoy green stones but want a less costly option. Nonetheless, these stones have their own charm and individuality that appear to align you from the inside out. Discover these fresh August Greens jewelry further at Gabriela & Co.’s collection.