Gemstone 101: Peridot in August
August is finally here, and that means it’s time for much ado about the lovely green peridot. The lovely light green shade is popular with August birthdays and non-August birthdays just the same, and is used heavily in all sorts of jewelry.
How much do we actually know about the popular peridot, and why is it so beloved? We’ve put together a mini list of facts just for your enjoyment today – so take a read and learn something new. And be sure to tell us if you have an interesting bit of gemstone trivia that we might have missed.
Facts about Peridot
- Peridot is a gem-quality form of olivine, also referred to as chrysolite.
- The gem is usually found among rocks that were created by volcanoes and buried deep underground (igneous rocks), so wherever there are or was volcanoes, this mineral is likely to be found.
- According to the Oxford English Dictionary, peridot takes its name from the Anglo–Norman pedoretés, a kind of opal.
- Many believe the peridots symbolize love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty. This gemstone’s energies are also believed to suppress ego and jealousy.
- According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridots have been the official birthstone of August (alongside Sardonyx) since 1912.
- Ancient Romans called peridot the ‘evening emerald,’ as they did not darken at night and shimmered under candlelight.
Did you discover something interesting about August’s birthstone? Are you an August birthday with a soft spot for your birthstone, or do you just love peridots for their color, lore, and versatility?
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