This month we celebrate the August Birthstone, Peridot, which is also a gem gifted in the 16th year of marriage. With a French origin in the name (peritot until the 18th century), the Peridot gem is one of few that occur in only one colour, olive green. The intensity of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure. For this reason, individual Peridot gems can appear in tones varying from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green.
Connected to the sun, the Peridot crystal keeps the wearer light-hearted and on the sunny side of life. It represents happiness and gives you the energy to turn night into day.
For those who are single, wear Peridot close to your heart to attract love into your life. The glow of the peridot will protect your heart and allow love to come to you with whimsical abandon. It also works to promote abundance, prosperity and happiness in the home.
Peridot is the national gem of Egypt and was a favourite of Cleopatra, who wore the stone for its beauty and to ward off evil spirits. The Egyptians knew it as the “gem of the sun” and mined Peridot on what is now known as St John’s Island in the Egyptian red Sea. Today, Peridot is mined mostly in China, Pakistan and Arizona. Being a relatively soft stone, care should be taken when wearing it, particularly in rings.
It is rare to find a Peridot gem over 3 carats but a fine 8 carat gem is extremely rare. You will find such rarity, however, with collectors or in museums. The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC has a cut peridot stone of 310 carats! Imagine wearing that in a necklace!
Peridot is well suited to either silver or gold and can be worn in a ring, pendant or bracelet. When looking to purchase, look for even colour of the stone, minimum inclusions and a natural unheated and untreated Peridot.