August Birthstone: Peridot | The Diamond Reserve

August Birthstone: Peridot

Does Peridot Have a Special Meaning? 

Dating back to ancient Egypt, August’s birthstone Peridot, is most recognized for its richly saturated green color. Peridot is known for its healing properties and attracting love into one’s life, especially if worn above the heart like in a pendant necklace. It is the August birthstone as well as the 15th anniversary gemstone so it can hold a great level of symbolism. Peridot can also be used to recognize a variety of events such as wedding, engagement, or other life milestones. 

What Color is Peridot?

Peridot is one of the rarer gemstones that are only found in one color- green. While the green color can vary from yellow-green to hints of brown, unlike other gemstones, Peridot are always a shade of green. The green color comes from Olivine, a mineral made of iron, silicate and magnesium.

On the higher end of the color spectrum is like richly saturated green grass that is free from brown tint. Larger gemstones, around 10 carats display the deep green color while smaller ones likely show yellowish hues. 

The best level of peridot clarity has no visible eye inclusions. The most common inclusions found in Peridot are called “lily pads” as they are long, disk-like inclusions that resemble lily pads. 

Where is Peridot Found?

Peridot is found in remnants of the solar system’s birth, peridot’s origins are believed to have originated back 4.5 billion years. Peridot was discovered in comet dust brought back from the robotic space probe in 2005, affirming these assumptions. 

Ancient Peridot can be found in lava, meteorites and deep in the earth’s mantle making it one of only two gemstones to be created in lava along with Diamonds. This visually striking gemstone is one of the oldest known gemstones and is found in the earth’s mantle about 20-50 feet below the surface. 

Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun” and it was frequently worn by Cleopatra. In ancient times, people mistakenly identified them as emeralds and historians believe that Cleopatra’s emerald collection was actually peridot. The Roman’s also wore peridot and referred to it as “the emerald of the evening” because they believed that it glowed in the dark at night. 

How to Wear a Peridot?

Rated 6.5-7 on the MOH’s hardness scale, Peridot is durable enough for everyday wear but should be worn with care as it’s more susceptible to damage compared to other gemstones. It can be a great option for other jewelry pieces such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Peridot can be an affordable choice and is readily available for all types of jewelry. It also comes in a variety of shapes and cuts to fit whatever piece you are looking for. 

As a custom jeweler, The Diamond Reserve works with all types of gemstones to meet each individual’s wants and needs. If you are looking for a custom piece of peridot jewelry, give us a call at 303-385-8449 or click here to schedule a consultation.