August Birthstone: Peridot

18 Aug 2013

August is well and truly upon us and for those that are born during the last month of winter, you are blessed to have Peridot as your birthstone. This beautiful green gemstone reminds us that spring is just around the corner!

Peridot is a fantastic choice for engagement rings, dress rings and other jewellery.  Unlike other gemstones that can be found in a variety of colours, such as Sapphires, Peridot comes only in the beautiful olive green that it is so famous for. Depending on the amount of iron present in each stone, the shade of olive green will vary from darker brown greens to more vibrant yellow greens. The stunning dark olive green is considered to be the most prized type of Peridot.

Like many precious gemstones, Peridot has an interesting history. Even though it is unclear where the name ‘Peridot’ originated from, the history of this gemstone goes right back to the Middle Ages. During this time, Peridot was worn to ward off evil spirits. It also continued to be one of the most popular gemstones during the Baroque period. For over 3000 years Peridot was mined on the island of Zabargad, also known as ‘St John’ in Egypt. This mine is considered to be the largest deposit ever found of Peridot. Other regions where Peridot is mined are Burma, Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and there are deposits throughout Africa.

Just as other gemstones are considered to have healing properties, it is believed in different cultures that Peridot will protect the wearer from respiratory illnesses and promote love, truth and loyalty. 

Peridot is a stunning, vibrant and refreshing gemstone. Available in a large variety of shades of green, it should not be too difficult to find the perfect one for you. 

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