Peridot: Birthstone of the Month

Peridot Birthstone

August babies are social butterflies who are kind hearted, friendly and approachable. They make great presidents (Barack Obama), amazing actors (Jennifer Lawrence), and incredible singers (Michael Jackson). But what does their birthstone say about them?

Here is a list of 10 (fairly) interesting facts, myths and legends to impress your friends and family with about the birthstone for the month of August:

  1. It’s believed that the peridot stone contains magical powers in the form of bringing inner strength and luck to the wearer. It’s also popularly known for its powers of being able to bring good fortune to the individual. The gemstone’s virtues also extend in helping to ward off evil spirits and to deliver healing powers. In the words of seventies Scottish rock band Pilot, “It’s magic you know.”
  2. Interestingly, some peridot crystals have been located in particular types of meteorites. Some of these extra-terrestrial crystals can even be large enough to feature as cut gemstones.
  3. Peridot can often be produced as a result of igneous activity. Often located within the deep mantle of the earth, these stones are then brought up to the surface following volcanic activity. It has occasionally even been suggested that the peridot crystals found amongst the volcanic ashes symbolised the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.
  4. Peridot formed by volcanoes
  5. Peridot is an ancient stone dating back to the Pharaohs in Egypt. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the ancient Egyptians mined the gem on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, which is also ‘the source for many large fine peridots in the world’s museums.’
  6. Peridot is also, unsurprisingly, the national gem of Egypt and was referred to by the ancient Egyptians as the “gem of the sun”.
  7. The gemstones worn by Queen Cleopatra were not emeralds, as it was popularly believed, but actually the peridot. Travelers at the time were not yet familiar with the rare stone and mistook it for the darker green gemstone they already knew.
  8. It was not only the ancient Egyptians who cherished this gem, but the ancient Romans too were attracted to the beauty of peridot. Due to the vibrant tone which remains just as radiant even under artificial light, the stone was also referred to as the “emerald of the evening.”
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  10. The gemstone has been regarded as a great choice of stone to be worn alongside a summer wardrobe. This is not only fitting due to its reference of “gem of the sun”, but also because peridots connections to the month of August.
  11. Peridots were favoured by pirates, considered powerful amulets against all evil, and when set in gold, were said to protect the wearer from the terrors of the night.
  12. The world’s largest and one of the most famous peridots is a 46.16 karat stone that was extracted in Pakistan and can be seen today in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

Pinterest Inspiration

The bright green hues of the peridot stone are the inspiration for everything from wedding flower arrangements to the culinary arts. The vibrancy of the colour makes anything it covers into a statement that will be the envy of any onlookers.

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