PERIDOT: AUGUST BIRTHSTONE

| Fiona Tilley

The peridot August birthstone color of green is out of this world — literally. Found in meteorites that fell from the heavens, this unique, storied stone has an ancient, mythical history that stretches across cultures.

Peridot gemstone, glowing green, is formed under extreme conditions. Forged out of hardened lava carried from deep beneath the Earth’s mangle, as well as meteorites that entered our atmosphere from outer space, this stone naturally represents strength.

It’s exotic color, which ranges from light lime to deep olive green, is often mistaken for emerald. We find peridot in far away lands like China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tanzania, Vietnam, but also close to home, in the United States. Mostly, places where the ruthless natural conditions could produce such incredible beauty. It is also amazingly found in some of the world’s most exotic locales like peridot Beach in Hawaii — where the sands actually shine and glow with luminous green peridot.  The Hawaiians actually thought of peridot as the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.

The peridot’s other-worldly qualities have naturally made it desirable across cultures. The Egyptians revered this stone and used to mine it thousands of years ago — think, 340–279 BCE — on the island of Zabargad, now called Topazios. The island was infamous for it’s harsh conditions — much like the relentless, natural conditions in which mother nature had to form the stone — earning the moniker of Island of Death and ‘snake island.’ 


The peridot gemstone was so beloved by so many cultures, today, we’re not even sure where the name comes from. Some believe it comes from the Arabic word for gem, faridat. There’s also suspicion it comes from the word peridona, which in Greek means "giving plenty.” Nonetheless, there seems to be some consensus as to what this stone represents today — strength, opportunity and good fortune. For centuries, the peridot stone has also been used to protect its owner, shielding them from evil spirits.

Because of its uniqueness and incredible color, the peridot birthstone has been a centerpiece in jewelry since seemingly the beginning of time. The Egyptians believed the peridot stone was most powerful when set in gold, and used it to ward off nightmares. The Romans and ancient Greeks and Romans were known for using the peridot green stone in their rings, pendants and other jewelry — which to them, was a symbol of nobility. The stone has also been found in ancient priests’ jewelry and chalaces, as well as churches in medieval Europe, because it was revered for its divine qualities. 

Right now, peridot is actually having a moment. This year fashion has embraced lime green, making this incredibly precious stone so much more popular than just an August birthstone. Personally, we love our peridot just like the Egyptians did — set in pure, shimmering and bold 24k gold. However, we also have this stone set in silver, which is a wonderfully cool contrast. For the loved one in your life born in August, though, this stone remains an incredible gift that speaks to their inner strength. Giving this stone as a symbol of good fortune also makes it a wonderful gift — a beautiful, timeless gesture that can be cherished for a lifetime.

Take the time to shop our incredible selection of peridot today, we have a feeling you’ll like what you unearth. 

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