August babies, raise your hands! This is your month, and is definitely your time to shine. As you probably already know, the gemstone Peridot is associated with your birth month, but do you have any idea how the two were linked together? Do you know which astrology sign is associated with it? What exactly do the hues and shades of this lovely gemstone even mean?
One look at a peridot and you will instantly fall in love with it. And it should not come as a surprise; much compared to the Emerald, this gemstone gives off a different vibe to that of its “competitor”, something that speaks of grace, elegance and beauty.
If you think you already know a lot about this lovely gemstone, think again. Here we are going to discuss some astonishing and exciting facts about peridots.
Peridot Jewelry Facts
Peridot is praised by many as a valuable source of positive vibes. It is said to bring about good health and joy, overall abundance in life, and even positive mental and emotional states. And why not? One look at this marvelous stone and you will instantly feel a sense of bliss. The color may also represent healing, regeneration, serenity and recuperation.
The stone may appear in a variety of shades of green, with the purest ones having a pure green gleam. Others might appear to be yellowish green or greenish yellow. If you are thinking of purchasing peridots of the highest quality, be wary of the brownish ones — these are the ones that you might want to avoid — and be on the look out for the ones with pure lime shades.
Hints of iron trace elements are responsible for the stone’s color. The lightness or darkness depends on the amount of iron present, causing it to appear somewhat of a pale golden green to the intense and highly valuable olive green.
If you think that peridots are out of this world, then you’re absolutely right. Reports show that traces of peridots have been discovered within meteorites, though these findings are very rare.
Oh, and did you know that some of the best quality samples of this stone usually come from Pakistan? Though some gem quality stones can also be found in Arizona, Burma, Norway, and Hawaii. You might want to book a trip soon if you want to make it in time for a loved one’s special day!
Pe-ri-dot? Pear-a-doe? How do you even pronounce this? The correct American pronunciation for the term is “peh·ruh·daat”. Try Googling “Peridot pronunciation” and give it a go!
The peridot is usually associated with the zodiac sign Leo, which corresponds to people born between 1st and 22nd of August, but early Virgo babies born from the 23rd to the 31st can also proudly wear this beauty of a gem.
If you have a friend named Olivine or Chrysolite born in August, don’t be surprised. These are the alternative names for the stone. Furthermore, its name might have been derived from the Greek term “peridona”, which roughly translates to “a stone that gives plenty”.
Peridot is often compared to the Emerald due to their similarities in color. While the latter poses a bright green hue, the former looks more of a pale green. This might be one of the reasons why peridot is considered as the “poor man’s Emerald”, though that doesn’t mean that it is less in terms of value.
According to a post by The Diamond Store, the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Mary in Cologne Germany possesses on the most famous pieces of religious art, The Shrine of the Three Kings. It is adorned with gold and more than a thousand gemstones, with the most notable ones being the large green jewels. For several centuries, it was thought by many that these were emeralds, when in fact, they are 200-carat peridots.
During the earlier times, peridot was considered, and widely used, as a cure for asthma. Early medical practitioners or healers would crush them to powder and hold them under a patient’s tongue. This was reportedly done to alleviate a patient’s thirst whilst he or she is suffering from a fever.
In Hawaii, the peridot is regarded as a symbol of Hele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Meanwhile, the Romans often refer to it as the “evening emerald” due to its abilities to shimmer under candlelight and maintain its brilliance even at night, unlike the emerald’s deep shaded. Generally, though, because of its lustrous green hue, the peridot was also worn as an amulet and believed to ward off evil presences.
Did you know that the peridot is the national gem of Egypt? Ancient Egyptians commonly refer to these stones as the “gem of the sun”. It is even rumored that some of the Emeralds worn by Cleopatra are actually Peridots. So no, she’s not just wearing all gold even way before the modern era.
Speaking of the sun, the peridot’s lovely color does go amazingly well with summer outfits. And why not? After all, in most countries, August belongs to the season of warm air and beach trips.
Peridot Jewelry from Kaylee Jackson
A lustrous green is sure to captivate all who dare to look at it. Add peridots to any look and they will instantly turn a casual outfit into an elegant and sophisticated one. Sure enough, the shades of the peridot give off a mysterious and passionate vibe perfect for any occasion.
Be it a ring, a necklace or earrings, a woman who is seen wearing peridots can become the center of attention as easy as one, two, poof! Here at Kaylee Jackson, we have a huge collection of the fanciest sets of peridot jewelry that are sure to cater to your every fashion need. But more than that, ALL of our products are handmade, are of the best quality, and are most definitely a bang for your buck. If you or someone you know was born in August, or you simply have a thing for green jewelry, you can check out our huge collection here — we surely will have something that will suit anyone’s taste.