Peridot – August’s Birthstone

by John Brana August 01, 2014

Peridot – August’s Birthstone

Peridot Jewelry for your August Birthday

Nu Gold Brass Wire Wrapped Tear Drop Earrings with Peridot

Peridot is a lime green gem recognized as the traditional birthstone for the month of August. Giving someone a piece of jewelry containing this birthstone is thought to bring the wearer protection and good luck. Peridot is associated with faithfulness, love, truth, and loyalty. It is also thought to have healing properties, especially to illnesses relating to the lymph, lungs, sinuses, and breast. The name Peridot originates from the Arabic term “faridat”, meaning gem. It was believed that the Peridot continued to glow with light even as the darkness fell. This may be the reason that the Peridot is often referred to as the “evening emerald”. Learn about August’s birthstone – the Peridot.

Color of the Peridot

Peridots are green in color, although their green shade can slightly vary depending on the iron content of the gem. The meaning of the colors is often represented in various aspects of life, including biblical, social, religious, and Christian symbolism. It is often associated with nature and life. Many people opt for Peridot jewelry where the stone is a sparkling lime green, with an olive or brownish cast. While lime green is a favorable hue for the Peridot, the stone can also be found in yellowish-green, medium green, dark green, and a lovely olive green.

Selecting a Peridot

Wire Wrapped 14K Gold-filled Peridot Hoop Earrings

When choosing Peridot jewelry, there are several things one should look for. These include the four C’s: cut, color, carat, and clarity. The color of the stone will be the first thing that most people notice, whether it’s a yellowish green or a dark forest green. When looking for a Peridot, try to find a stone that has a bright green color that is uniform in tone without blotches. This may require some shopping around. A major advantage of choosing a Peridot for your August birthstone is that the stones are far less likely to have marks or inclusions, compared to other gemstones. It’s not at all difficult to find a desirable green Peridot birthstone that has a sense of clarity and intense color. The cut of the Peridot stone will also help to maximize its potential beauty.

Like with any stone, the larger the gem, the more expensive in most cases. Peridots tend to be soft in nature, making them better for necklaces, earrings, and brooches, as these areas do not get as much wear as rings and bracelets. To prevent damage to your Peridot stones, it’s important to invest in a quality piece of jewelry. With proper care, your Peridot jewelry has the ability to last for many years. It is the perfect gift for a loved one on his or her birthday, or for any special occasion.

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