August Birthstone: Peridot

Do you have a best friend, spouse, child or other family member with an August birthday? Then give them a special, unique treasure that will stand the test of time. Peridot is the official birthstone of people born in the 9th month of the year. This glorious green stone stands apart from other gems, and such a beautiful gift is sure to be cherished. At Royal Design Fine Jewelry, we provide clients in Atlanta, Georgia and around the world with the highest quality diamonds, diamond rings, gold and colored gemstone riches available. We enjoy helping our wonderful customers find exquisite prizes to share with friends and family or to add to their fine jewelry collection. Here are some fun facts and useful tips for anyone whose looking for a shining Peridot accessory. 

What is Peridot?

Peridot is a magnesium rich olivine mineral. Unlike other popular types of gems, Peridot is only available in a green hue. However, shades can range from a pale yellow to a deep emerald green. It is most frequently mined from deposits of volcanic rock and lava. While the mineral itself can be found in relative abundance, gem quality stones are very difficult to find. Darker shades of Peridot have a tendency of being confused with emeralds, especially in antiquity. 

Fun Facts About Peridot

The allure of Peridot goes back to ancient times, and there is a lot of mystery, mythology and historical lore associated with this precious stone. 

Here are just a few interesting examples:

  • Peridot has been found in meteorites suspended in a web of iron metals. Only 61 pallasite meteorites are known to exist, and ten of them were discovered in Antarctica. Other peridot containing meteorites have landed in Kansas, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Belarus, Sicily, Japan, Russia and Finland. 
  • Peridot has been mined since ancient times. An Egyptian island in the Red Sea was known for its rich Peridot deposits as far back as 300 BC. 
  • Ancient peoples often associated Peridot gems with light or the sun itself. They were frequently worn as talismans to keep nightmares and evil spirits away. The stone’s positive effects were said to be strengthened even further when inlaid in gold. 
  • Famous artifacts such as the Shrine of the Three Holy Kings and Cleopatra’s jewels that were once believed to be emeralds, are actually Peridot.
  • One of the largest and most valuable Peridot specimens was used in Lester Lampert’s 2008 Green Goddess pendant. It contains over 150 carats of Peridot and 3.2 carats of yellow diamonds. If you want to see it in person, this one of a kind necklace is on display at the Grainger Hall of Gems in Chicago, Illinois. 

Looking for Peridot Gemstones? Visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry Today 

Peridot looks gorgeous in any fine jewelry design, from ornate cocktail rings to delicate solitaire earrings. If you’re going for a classic, old world style, make sure to marry your Peridot gems with shining yellow gold. However, if your loved one has more modern tastes, this brilliant green gem stands out from the crowd when set in chic white gold as well. Whatever you decide, the experts at Royal Design Fine Jewelry are sure to help you find the perfect piece for your special occasion. 

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