August Birthstone - Peridot August 04 2015, 0 Comments

Peridot is most often a lime green colour with traces of yellow, and is an alternative to Emerald. The colour of peridot is full of warmth which is why it is the birthstone for the summer month of August, summer for those living in the Northern Hemisphere that is!

Peridot jewellery has been worn since ancient Egyptian times, where it was considered the ‘gem of the sun’. Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems on donkey hair and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits.

Gem miners find peridot as irregular nodules (rounded rocks with peridot crystals inside) in some lava flows in many areas around the world, and recently new deposits have been discovered in the Kashmir region. These deposits yield stones of a vivid green colour, with hints of yellow or gold, which are perfect for jewellery. Interestingly, some peridots have even been found in meteorites that have fallen to Earth!

Peridot earrings are much loved by the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.