August Birthstone – The Peaceful Peridot
A gem of spirit and expression, the peridot birthstone is a storied gem that dates back to ancient Egypt. The August birthstone colour has a stunning spring-green and yellow hue that is a perennial favourite.
Peridot has been discovered on Mars and on the moon in its natural olivine form. It's been found in lava, meteorites and deep in the earth's mantle. This vivid gemstone could very well be a gift from outer space!
What is the Birthstone for August?
The August birthstone is peridot perfection. The peridot birthstone is associated with the sun and has strong ties to outer space. While most gemstones are formed in the earth's crust, the peridot birthstone is the only gemstone besides the diamond to be formed in the molten rock of the upper mantle. The enormous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes bring peridot to the surface. However, peridot has also been found in rare pallasite meteorites. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that are found in only one colour.
However, just because peridot is only found in green, doesn't mean they are all are the same.
The peridot birthstone is a variety of the mineral olivine. Most peridot stones with the finest colour come from Myanmar and Pakistan.
Shades of peridot range from light yellowish-green to a dark brownish-green. The most desired and valued peridot colour is a deep, rich green without a hint of yellow or brown. Although peridot maintains its colour and shine in many different environments, August birthstones look best under natural light.
The History of the Peridot Gemstone
The August peridot gemstone is one of the oldest gemstones known to man. Records dating back as early as 1500 B.C. indicate the ancient Egyptians mined peridot on an island in the Red Sea called Topazios, known today as St. John's Island. These Egyptians referred to the peridot birthstone as the "gem of the sun."
Ancient Romans called it "evening emerald," since its colour didn't darken at night. The gem name even has parallels in other long-used languages like Arabic ("faridat") and Hebrew ("pitdah").
The peridot gemstone is both a day and a night stone. The August birthstone keeps its shining colour in various environments, even under artificial lighting.
What's more, the peridot birthstone was also used to decorate medieval churches. Leaders who wore peridot were thought to be gentle, fair and wise.
Some historians believe that Cleopatra's famous emerald collection might have been peridot instead. We can't know for sure, but considering how much the Egyptians valued the peridot, it's certainly a possibility.
In ancient beliefs, the peridot birthstone was a gift from Mother Nature to celebrate the creation of a new world. Ancients also believed that an explosion from the sun brought the peridot to Earth and that it carries the sun's healing power.
Meaning of the August Birthstone
August birthstones are often associated with the sun, giving them numerous attributes and representations. Since the earliest of civilizations, the peridot birthstone has been valued for its protective powers to drive away any dark forces.
Some ancient wisdom holds that the peridot birthstone aids in overcoming fear and depression. August birthstones are also thought to calm anger.
Furthermore, peridot is said to release jealousy, resentment and spite, so that you can move away from these negative feelings in a healthy and positive way. A symbol of strength, peridot also represents warmth and prosperity. It is said to bring abundance in all areas of your life, including wealth, health, happiness and love.
Wearing the beautiful peridot birthstone can help make these attributes a part of your daily life. Peridot set in gold is said to bring peaceful sleep, especially for those who suffer from recurring nightmares. Wearing the August birthstone is also a token of luck. Since the peridot is a sunstone, it could help inspire positivity in your life.
Care of Your Peridot Birthstone
The peridot is a strong stone and durable enough for everyday wear. However, as with any precious stone, you do have to be careful.
The peridot gemstone is a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, meaning it has fair to good toughness. It can, however, be damaged from sudden drops in temperature. For this reason, it's best not to wear your peridot while swimming or taking a shower. You should also be careful about any hard hits that can happen to the stone. Store peridot jewellery separately from other gemstone jewellery to keep it from scratching.
To best clean your peridot, use warm soapy water and a toothbrush to gently clean the stone. Because of the temperature sensitivity, steam cleaners or other mechanical cleaning machines are not recommended for peridot care.
Shop the August Birthstone
The vivid spring-green peridot gemstone can be cut in a variety of different distinct shapes, including oval-cut, emerald-cut and cushion-cut, creating lovely fashion jewellery styles that really stands out.
Peridot looks beautiful set in any precious metal, but wearing the August birthstone set in white gold or sterling silver really allows this gemstone to shine.
Visit your local Peoples Jewellers retail store to find exceptional August birthstone jewellery and peridot gemstone jewellery. You can count on Peoples to have both classic and contemporary peridot jewellery that celebrates life, love and that special August birthday.