August's birthstone is Peridot
Peridot, often referred to as the "gem of the sun," is known for its captivating olive-green to vibrant lime-green colour. This radiant green hue is caused by the presence of iron within the gemstone. Peridot's distinctive and refreshing shade makes it a truly captivating and sought-after gem.
Peridot is born in the depths of the Earth, forged under extreme conditions. It is formed during volcanic activity and found in basalt rocks or created within the Earth's mantle. Some peridot gems even arrive on Earth via meteorites, offering a connection between the heavens and the Earth.
We have a fantastic selection of Peridot jewellery. Please feel free to call in and browse at your leisure or contact us for any special requirements involving this stunning stone.
Peridot has long been associated with healing and renewal properties. It is believed to alleviate stress, promote positive energy, and bring about a sense of inner harmony. Peridot is also thought to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, encouraging personal growth and transformation.
Peridot has a rich historical significance dating back thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians considered peridot the "gem of the sun" and associated it with the sun god Ra. They believed peridot protected against evil spirits and bestowed prosperity upon its wearer. Cleopatra is said to have adorned herself with Peridot jewelry.
Peridot is found in various locations around the world, including Egypt, Pakistan, Myanmar, China, and the United States (Arizona and Hawaii). Each source may produce Peridot with slight variations in color and quality, adding to the diversity and allure of this enchanting gemstone.