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August is the month of warmth, sunshine, and happy memories. It is the month when nature is at its peak, and the world around us seems to be in a constant state of bloom.

The birthstone for August is Peridot – a beautiful, semi-precious gemstone that is sure to capture your heart and leave all your friends GREEN with envy.

In this blog post, we are going to learn the history, physical properties, and meaning behind Peridot, as well as its healing properties and use.

It’s known for its vibrant colouring and, interestingly enough, is one of the very few semi-precious gemstones that only comes in one colour.

Peridot’s colour palette ranges from light green to pea green.

FUN FACT: Peridot is the official semi-precious birthstone for August and is most beneficial for those born under the Libra Star Sign (Sept 24 – Oct 23). 

It is also the traditional semi-precious gemstone gift for someone who is celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary.

The History of Peridot

Peridot gets its name from the French derivative of the Arabic word “Faridat,” which means “gem.”

Peridot has been around for centuries, and it has been used in various cultures and civilizations.

The ancient Egyptians used Peridot to make jewelry, and they believed that it was a symbol of the sun. They also believed that Peridot had the power to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. It is rumoured that some of Cleopatras jewelry was actually Peridot, not Emerald as they thought. (Whoops, someone’s gonna get fired!)

In Hawaii, Peridot is known as the “tears of Pele,” (Pele was the goddess of fire and volcanoes.) It is believed that Peridot forms when volcanic activity causes olivine crystals to be ejected from the earth’s mantle and into the atmosphere. The Hawaiian people believe that Peridot has healing properties and can protect them against harm.

The Physical Properties of Peridot

Peridot is a gem-quality form of olivine. Olivine is a mineral that is formed deep within the earth’s mantle. 

It is a transparent, green gemstone that can range in colour from pale yellow green to a deep olive green. The intensity of Peridot’s colour depends on the amount of iron within the stone.

On the Moh’s scale of hardness, Peridot has a 6.5 to 7 rating which makes it a relatively hard stone. It is also sensitive to heat and should be protected from high temperatures. 

Peridot is found in many parts of the world, including the United States, Sri Lanka, China, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan, and Australia.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Peridot

Peridot is said to be a stone of protection and healing. It is believed that Peridot can help to promote a sense of well-being and protect the wearer from negative energies that may surround them. 

If you choose to wear Peridot, it is also said to bring good luck and prosperity. This heavenly gemstone encourages you to have a positive outlook. It helps during transitions, especially during times of change and uncertainty. 

In addition, Peridot is associated with the heart chakra, which is the center of love and compassion. 

It is believed that peridot can help to open the heart chakra, allowing for greater love and compassion to flow into one’s life.

Peridot can attract the positive energy of an abundance of wealth, good health and happiness. 

This luminous green gemstone encourages you to Live Your Best Life and strengthens your focus to fulfill your own destiny. 

Peridot is often used in meditation and spiritual practices. It is believed that peridot can help to connect the wearer with their inner self and promote a sense of spiritual growth and understanding. 

Peridot is also said to help with communication, allowing for better expression of thoughts and feelings.

You will feel brave & confident when utilizing this stone.

Some of Peridot’s Health Benefits include…

(FYI, this is in no way intended to replace medication &/or the care of a licensed healthcare professional)

  • Strengthens your eyes and balance
  • Helps your immune system
  • Aids in the absorption of nutrients
  • Improves the function of your gall bladder, liver, pancreas and spleen
  • Helps with digestive issues

5 Interesting Facts about Peridot…

  1. Peridot has been found in Meteorites.
  2. Peridot became the official semi-precious birthstone in 1912.
  3. Did you know that Peridot is the National Gemstone of Egypt?
  4. Peridot is also known as Chrysolite.
  5. The largest hunk of Peridot weighs in at a breathtaking 311.8 carats. (That’s a big ring!)

Where to Buy Peridot Jewelry

Peridot jewelry is widely available at jewelry stores and online retailers. It can come in a variety of styles and price points, from simple stud earrings to elaborate necklaces and bracelets.

Here’s a quick link to the One Zero Eight Shop for these breathtaking Peridot pieces…Simple Peridot EarringsDeluxe Peridot EarringsPeridot Bracelet

You can also buy Peridot jewelry from local artisans at craft fairs and such, but you’ll have to be on the lookout for fake Peridot.

How to Identify Imitation Peridot

Peridot is a beautiful stone that has been used in jewelry for centuries. However, with the increasing demand for this gemstone, there has been a rise in imitation Peridot in the market. 

Many people find it difficult to differentiate between real and fake Peridot. 

One way to identify an imitation Peridot is by looking at its colour. Genuine Peridot has a distinct olive-green hue that is caused by the presence of iron. 

In contrast, imitation Peridot may have a more yellow or brownish tint, which can be a sign of artificial colouring. If the colour of the stone is too bright or too dark, it may also be an indication that it is not authentic.

Another way to distinguish between real and fake Peridot is by examining it under a magnifying glass. 

Genuine Peridot has natural inclusions, which are tiny cracks or bubbles that are formed during the gem’s formation. 

These inclusions are difficult to replicate in an imitation stone. If the stone looks too perfect or has no inclusions, it may be a sign that it is not genuine. 

Additionally, the cut of the stone can also be a clue. Genuine Peridot is often cut in a way that enhances its natural colour and brilliance. 

If the cut of the stone looks uneven or poorly done, it may be a sign that it is not authentic.

How to Take Care of Peridot Jewelry

Gemstone bracelets should be handled like any other treasured piece of jewelry.

Basically, to ensure your Peridot bracelet lasts for years, keep it clean, store it properly, avoid exposure to harmful chemicals, protect it from extreme temperatures and keep it charged with positivity. For a deeper look into making your gemstone feel loved, read The 5 Best Ways to Take Care of Your Gemstone Bracelet & The Essential Guide to Cleansing Your Gemstone Bracelets.

Frequently Asked Questions about Peridot

Q: What is August’s birthstone?

A: Peridot.

Q: What is Peridot?

A: Peridot is formed deep within the Earth’s mantle. It is a type of olivine mineral and is one of the few gemstones that is known to only come in one color – green. Peridot is known for its bright, vibrant green color and is often associated with the sun, as it is said to capture the warmth and light of the sun.

Q: What is the meaning behind Peridot?

A: Peridot is said to bring happiness, good cheer, and prosperity to the wearer. It is also believed to have healing properties and can help with physical ailments such as digestive problems and skin issues. 

Q: Are there any famous pieces of jewelry featuring Peridot?

Yes, there are several famous pieces of jewelry featuring Peridot. 

One of the most famous pieces is a large Peridot which is displayed as one of its centerpiece gemstones. (It can be seen at the Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral.) It was originally mistaken for Emerald.

Q: Where can I buy authentic Peridot? A: You have several choices on where to buy Peridot; be it beads, jewelry or home décor. You can shop online (I use Pandahall.com, LBeads.com, ibeadcanada.com and when I’m in a hurry, Amazon) or a specialty gemstone store.

Peridot, the radiant birthstone for August, emerges not just as a gemstone but as a timeless embodiment of beauty, meaning, and positive energy woven into the fabric of human history. Its journey through the ages reveals a gemstone with a rich tapestry of history, unique physical properties, and profound healing attributes, rendering it an enduring favourite for jewelry enthusiasts and spiritual well-being seekers.

When taking an in-depth look at its history, Peridot unfurls as a testament to its enduring appeal. From ancient civilizations that prized it for its rarity and unique colour to the contemporary world, where it continues to captivate hearts, Peridot stands as a gem with a legacy that transcends the boundaries of fashion.

Beyond its exquisite appearance, Peridot’s physical and healing properties contribute to its popularity. Its lush green hue, reminiscent of nature’s lush landscapes, becomes a source of inspiration for artisans crafting breathtaking jewelry pieces.

Simultaneously, Peridot’s association with protection, healing, and good luck elevates its significance within spiritual practices, making it a revered companion for those seeking positive energies and emotional well-being.

Whether wearing Peridot jewelry or incorporating it into your spiritual rituals, this gemstone is a conduit for joy and happiness. Its positive vibrations resonate with the belief in limitless possibilities, creating an aura of optimism and empowerment.

Each gleaming Peridot becomes more than a mere accessory; it becomes a talisman, a reminder that life is full of potential and that positive energy, like Peridot’s enduring brilliance, can light up even the darkest corners.

In embracing the beauty and positivity of Peridot, you embark on a journey where the gemstone becomes a symbol not just of a birth month but of a perpetual celebration of life’s vibrancy and potential. So, whether you wear it for its beauty, believe in its protective properties, or seek a touch of good fortune, Peridot is a gemstone that promises to capture your heart and infuse your life with an enduring sense of joy and optimism.

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