August Birthstone: Peridot

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Gems | No Comments

Peridot is August’s birthstone and comes prepared with a bright demeanor and fascinating history!  Romans used to call peridot the “evening emerald” because it shines brighter in incandescent lighting than daylight.  Because of this, peridot was formerly mined at night.  Cleopatra was said to have an impressive collection of light green emeralds, and many geologists believe those stones were most likely peridot.  The largest cut stone can be found at the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC weighing in at 310 carats!  Peridot is also the 16th anniversary gemstone and is known to symbolize love, truth, faithfulness, and loyalty.

Still unclear how to pronounce it?  Though it look it should be pronounced “per-i-dot,” it is actually “pear-a-doe,”. Those tricky “T’s!

Below are  a few of our stylists’ favorite pieces in Peridot: Pear-Shape Solitaire PendantHurricane Ring, and Princess Halo Earrings?

Want to see more green baubles? Shop peridot here.


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