Spotlight On: August Birthstone Peridot
Lucky you to be August born — your birthstone is one of the most remarkable gems in history. Pronounced pair-a-doe, peridot may be derived from the Arabic word “faridat” for gem. They form deep inside the Earth; it’s volcanoes that blast them to the surface. They have even been found in meteorites. How thrilling is that? No wonder this gem brings the wearer (you) power and influence.
A poem for the August birthstone
The peridot is so special it has it’s own poem:
Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved alone.
Like the poem makes clear, the August birthstone is associated with love, truth, faithfulness, and loyalty. And it’s used to enhance prosperity, growth, and openness.
The August birthstone has been confused with the emerald
Peridot is a gem-quality transparent variety of olivine, composed of magnesium-iron silicates. The more green the greater presence of iron. The best colored peridot has an iron percentage of less than 15% and includes nickel and chromium as trace elements that may also contribute to the best color.
Referred to as “poor man’s emerald”, many emeralds of royal treasures have actually turned out to be peridots. Some of the finest peridot stones are called “evening emeralds” because they appear greener under artificial light.
Peridot has a colorful history
Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for four thousand years; it’s even mentioned in the Bible. The “topaz” on the breastplate of Aaron, High Priest of the Hebrews in the Old Testament, was thought to be peridot. Ancient Egyptians created beads from peridot. The gem was popular as intaglios, rings, inlays, and pendants for Greeks and Romans.
At Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s most trusted Jewelry Sales and Service Center since 1983, you’ll find remarkable peridot jewelry to make any August birthday special. Let the Peridot’s shimmering yellow-green bring you peace and good luck all year.