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4 Fun & Unique Facts About Peridot, August’s Birthstone

Dana Seng

Posted on August 12 2020

As the gem version of the mineral olivine, peridot features a distinct lime green color and is the birthstone for August. Whether the birthstone is yours or that of a loved one, take a moment to learn more about the unique gem before speaking with your Los Angeles jewelry designer about ring, necklace, or bangle ideas. 

It Forms in Volcanoes & Meteors

Peridot is mainly found in rocks made from once smoldering-volcanoes, forming under extreme pressure miles beneath the Earth’s surface. It represents the tears of Hele, the goddess of volcanoes and fire, in Hawaii. The eye-catching stone is also available in meteorites. And while the otherworldly version is less common, it creates a fun story behind the rock. 

It Was Also Mined From an Island in the Red Sea

Hailed as the “gem of the sun” by the ancient Egyptians, peridot was mined in Zabargad, an island within the Red Sea. It dates back to the time of the Pharaohs, with the Red Sea island responsible for some of the largest peridots ever discovered. They are currently displayed in museums around the world. Peridot is also Egypt’s national gem. 

The Amount of Iron Determines the Color

The amount of green each peridot gem features depends exclusively on its iron content. Some of the most common shades include yellow-green, lime green, emerald green, and brownish-green. It was called the “evening emerald” by the ancient Romans because unlike real emeralds, peridot retained its vibrant hue in the evening hours instead of appearing darker. No matter what shade peridot comes in, it complements a variety of other jewelry, including stud diamond earrings and stackable diamond rings. 

It’s a Symbol of Peace & Good Luck

Peridot is believed to bring good fortune and peace to the wearer, which is why it makes such a beautiful gift. Its protective properties go back to Egyptian times when people believed it shielded them from evil spirits. Peridot is also thought to help heal the stomach, lungs, eyes, and heart. 

Purchase peridot and other birthstone jewelry from Dana Seng, the jewelry designer serving clients throughout Los Angeles and the rest of the country. 

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