Were you born in August? If so, you probably know all about peridot. However, if your birthday falls in one of the other 11 months of the year, you may not be familiar with this sparkling green gem. Let’s shine a little light on the August birthstone, peridot.
Here are six peridot jewelry designs, curated and captioned by our friends at National Jeweler magazine.
Peridot has long been associated with light. The ancient Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” while their Roman counterparts referred to it as the “emerald of the evening.” This may be because peridot, unlike most gemstones, does not change color in different light sources. Peridot is always green with just a hint of gold, which is attributed to traces of iron content.
Kings and queens in ancient times were said to have worn peridot for its remarkable healing powers. In fact, many pieces of peridot jewelry were found in Cleopatra’s royal collections.
Throughout history, peridot has been prized for its ability to increase happiness and to reduce anger, fear and jealousy (as in the expression “green with envy”).
Contemporary and Chic
While peridot’s colors range from olive-green to yellowish-green to pure grass-green, it is the yellowish-green hue that is most sought after in vintage and modern jewelry. The limeade-colored gem looks cool and contemporary when paired with sterling silver, platinum, yellow or rose gold; and it mixes well with many precious and semiprecious stones.
To this day, peridot is sometimes called the “Evening Emerald” because it keeps its sparkling green color under artificial light; but many jewelry collectors think of peridot as emerald’s younger, hipper sister.
A Summer Standout
Peridot is a refreshing complement to white or light fashions in your summer wardrobe, and it’s especially effective on suntanned skin. Why not celebrate this month (even if it’s not your birthday) by buying a piece of peridot jewelry?
You deserve it!