Peridot August's Birthstone Is Magical

August Birthday's should be celebrated with the addition of this lush green birthstone - peridot.

The gemstone peridot comes in many colors ranging from yellow-green to brown. The most popular colors by far are the olive and lime green gemstones. Modern locations where peridot are mined include Arizona in the U.S., China, Myanmar and Pakistan.  Peridot is found in lava, meteorites and in the great depths of the earth's mantle. Some peridot has even been found in meteorites that have fallen to earth. In Hawaii, peridot symbolized the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

Red Sea Peridot

Red Sea Peridot

Peridot gemstones work wonderfully in pendants and rings. This durable gem is wonderful for custom jewelry projects.

Peridot is of the gem variety of the mineral olivine, composed of iron and magnesium. The iron content is responsible for the beautiful yellow and green hues. As a gemstone peridot has the unique quality of having high double refraction. This means when you look very closely through a peridot the image of each pavilion facet is doubled.

Ancient lore tells of peridot having powers to heal and protect the wearer of this wonderful gemstone. The word peridot comes from the Arabic word "faridat" meaning "gem". 

At Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler we will help you find a beautiful peridot in the hue that you love and shape desired. Peridots are cut in all shapes including round, oval, pear shape, square and emerald cut. Once we pick the perfect stone, we can then start designing a one and only piece of custom crafted jewelry that will be totally unique to you. Peridot mixes well with diamonds and other gemstones such as diamonds, yellow sapphire and amethyst.

Visit us at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler in Overland Park Kansas to find the perfect peridot gemstone. We look forward to seeing you soon.