Peridot, also referred to as the ‘evening emerald’, is a brilliant green gemstone. Its lustrous forest green hue with a yellow tone is truly captivating. Its crystals are formed in magma and are brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity. Historically, a volcanic island in the Red Sea was the most prominent location where this captivating gemstone was found. In Hawaiian history, the peridot stone was thought to be the tears of the goddess of fire and volcanoes, Pele.
This magnificent jewel is the birthstone of August and has been associated with peace, good fortune, happiness and love. Peridot set in gold was believed to dispel the terrors of the night and bring the wearer peace, luck and success. It was also regarded to promote good health, protection and soothing of nerves. Apart from alleviating depression, anger, stress, jealousy and other negative emotions, the birthstone also enhances confidence and self-esteem. It is the 16th anniversary stone, which makes it a great gift for a sweet sixteen birthday or anniversary.
The peridot stone has also been discovered in meteors here on Earth and on Mars and the moon. This makes it one of the few gemstones known to exist outside our solar system. The green associated with peridot gives off a very tropical feel, and peridot jewelry adds color and a bohemian vibe to summer outfits. Try out peridot rings, pendants and earrings to infuse a nice twist to those boring pastels at the back of your closet.
And, as a tribute to the eight month of the year, here are six beauties embellished with August’s birthstone.