Pumped Up About Peridot

august birthstone peridotIt’s finally August, 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. But how much do we actually know about the popular peridot, and why is it so beloved? We’ve put together a list of peridot fun 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.

Fun Facts about Peridot

  • Peridot is a gem-quality form of olivine, also referred to as chrysolite.
  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, peridot takes its name from the Anglo–Norman pedoretés, a kind of opal.
  • Sometimes, this gem can be found within meteorites – but this is a rare occurrence.
  • Many believe the peridot symbolizes love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty. This gemstone’s energies are also believed to suppress ego and jealousy.
  • This stone has appeared in jewelry dating back to Ancient Egypt, where they were referred to as ‘gems of the sun.’
  • Ancient Romans called peridot the ‘evening emerald,’ as they did not darken at night and shimmered under candlelight.

Did you discover something interesting about peridot stones? Are you an August birthday with a soft spot for your birthstone, or do you just love peridot for its color, lore, and versatility? What is your favorite jewelry piece for peridot, or your preferred cut? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to get feedback from our readers and bidders. Until next time, good luck, and happy bidding.



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