August Birthstone – Peridot

All about Peridot

Peridot forms during volcanic eruptions. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: olive green. The intensity of this green depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure and so the colour of individual Peridot gems can vary from yellow- to olive- green. Peridot was called the the evening emerald by ancient Romans, who noticed that its green color shone even more vividly in lamplight, making it resemble deep green Emeralds. In folklore Peridot is said to ward against nightmares and evil spirits.

Did you know?

  • In Hawaii, Peridot symbolizes the goddess Pele’s tears. Some beaches in Hawaii have tiny grains of Peridot amongst the sand.
  • Ground Peridot was once used as a treatment for asthma.
  • Peridot is the only gemstone found in meteorites.

 Gift Ideas

The vivid green of the Peridot is the ideal colour for summer! See our range of stunning Peridot jewellery at fabulous! This gemstone is said to promote love, friendliness and warmth in relationships and so is an ideal stone to give as a gift for a friend and loved one. Peridot is also the official gemstone of the first wedding anniversary!

How to care for your Peridot jewellery:

  • Remove Peridot jewellery before doing housecleaning, yard work or other activities that might subject it to knocks and scrapes.
  • Keep your Peridot jewellery away from household chemicals and apply makeup, lotions, hair spray and other cosmetics before putting on your jewellery.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight as this can fade color. Extreme temperature changes may also crack the stones.
  • Clean Peridot in warm water with dishwashing detergent, or a mild commercial solution. Do not use harsh chemicals which will damage the surface.
  • A small amount of ammonia in the water could be used to help brighten the stone if it’s very dirty.
  • Soak in dishwater solution for 10 to 20 minutes, then scrub thoroughly but gently with a soft brush. Rinse and dry well before storing. Have jewellery professionally cleaned every one to two years.
  • Protect Peridot jewellery from harder jewellery and metals in your jewellery box. Store it in a soft pouch of its own to keep other gems from scratching it.

You can read more about Peridot at Wikipedia!

August’s Zodiac Sign: Leo, July 24th  – August 23rd

Leo’s are known for their warm hearts and caring personalities. They often have a creative streak and are very energetic! No wonder the lion is their sign, as they are born leaders and full of courage!

Happy Birthday to everyone born in August!

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