The birthstone for those born in August is Peridot.
Peridot is a bright and lively citrus hued green gemstone. While the energetic olive and lime green stones are the most enticing, colors can range from a yellow-green to brown-green tint. This vivid color is perfect for current fashions and the growing popularity of green.
Peridot is formed of the mineral Olivine found within oceanic rocks. Peridot is chemically iron magnesium silicate. The intensity of green depends on the levels of iron present in the stones.
Peridot’s are mined all over the world, from Kenya to Brazil, China, Australia, Mexico and the United States. One of the largest mines today exists in Arizona on a Native American Reservation called San Carlos. Another rich deposit of Peridots was found in the 1990s in the far west of the Himalaya Mountains in the Pakistanian part of Kashmir. Peridots have been found in the lava of Vesuvius and even in meteorites that fall to earth.
Peridot’s green hue has been prized by many civilizations throughout history. Hawaiin's treasured Peridot, believing the gem to be the tears of the goddess Pele. Ancient Romans valued Peridot and called the stone the ‘emerald of evening’ because the brilliant color is still striking in reduced light, such as by the light of a lantern or candle.
In the middle ages, European emissaries gathered Peridot stones during their travels to foreign lands and brought them back to Europe to decorate religious buildings and artifacts. One of these large peridot gems adorns the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the cathedral at Cologne.
We have an extraordinary antique 14k ring that we have restored to wearable condition set with a gorgeous citrus hued oval Peridot. We also have created a sterling silver antique replica ring set with an emerald cut 1.23 carat Peridot.
If you are interested in Peridot, we can bring in a beautiful assortment to make your own custom designed jewelry in our studio in Overland Park Kansas.