Hello, August-born gems. If no one has told you yet, let me be the one to inform you, that you are an absolute gem and let no one ever tell you any different. Speaking of gems, I’ve decided to launch a new monthly gemstone report for you focused on birthstones and first up, the August birthstone gemstone spotlight, Peridot.
Peridot is the most popular birthstone for August. It’s known for being formed under extreme conditions; in many ways, this seems symbolic. The fact that Peridot, with its rarity, value, and beautiful greenish yellowish hues, is formed in extremely harsh conditions seems synonymous with some of my life experiences. Anyone else? We’re all family here, so feel free to raise a hand. (Virtual hugs if you can relate)
According to the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is found in the hardened lava that carried it from deep within the earth’s mantle as well as in meteorites that traveled from outer space.
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Peridot, the August birthstone seen in jewelry today, is sourced from many different countries all over the world, for instance; Tanzania, Myanmar, Pakistan, China, United States, and several others. You can get more details here., furthermore the most beautiful specimens, however, are found in prestigious museums all around the world, like the Smithsonian museum. The largest cut ever mined is 62.35 grams from Zagbargad island, Egypt, and is currently housed in the Smithsonian Museums, USA.
Five Fun Facts
- Peridot is often mistaken for emeralds, and in fact, it’s there is speculation that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection may have comprised of this August birthstone.
- Peridot has been used as a protective talisman, shielding against evil spirits and “terrors of the night.”
- There is a place in Hawaii called Mahana beach, aka Peridot beach, where the sand shimmers a luminous green because it is rich in olivine crystals eroded from an ancient volcanic formation. It’s one of only three green sand beaches in the world.
- Peridot is the gem given to celebrate a 16th wedding anniversary.
- Peridot comes from the word “faridat,” which means “gem” in Arabic.
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I know I’m a little, wel a lot late on this. My birthday is on the 28th and believe it or not; I don’t own much Peridot jewelry. I put together a wish list of sorts I thought would be fun to share. In addition to that is an edit and selection of peridot pieces worth considering and adding to your gemstone collection. I have several fashion styling posts like this one, where I include some gemstone jewelry pieces. In the same vein, here’s another idea of how you can wear your gemstone jewelry.
ps: If you would like styling posts and videos dedicated to jewelry, please leave me a comment on what you would like to see and i”ll be more than happy to oblige you.
Incase you are new to gemstones and don’t know where to start, i”ve got you covered. This edit is an excellent place to start shopping for you or a loved one. You can get even more information on the GIA website
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Thank you all so much for your time. I hope this August birthstone gemstone spotlight edit is fun helpful and insightful. It’s been quite fulfilling putting this one together for you, and I look forward to many more to come.
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Papakolea Green Sand Beach Hawaii| Peridot Island
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