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August Birthstone, The Power of Happiness with Peridot

August Birthstone, The Power of Happiness with Peridot

Peridot gemstones are said to bestow happiness and confidence, which is why they have been gifted between loved ones for generations. This is one green gemstone with real emotional significance...

Ernest Jones - Editor

Peridot is an unassuming and often overlooked gemstone with a wonderfully eccentric and romantic history. It is the transparent gem variety of olivine and is unusual in the world of gemstones because it is only available in shades of green. Peridot gemstones are sometimes described like the changing leaves from summer to autumn, with shades of yellowish-green through to brown tones that evoke the passage of time.

Delve deeper into the story of peridot though, and you will find its link to diamonds. Both peridot and diamonds are formed in the molten rock of the earth's upper mantle and are brought to the surface by fiery volcanic eruptions or intense earthquakes. Today, they are often found like rocky, luscious grass in ancient lava beds. Peridot crystals have also been found within meteorites that have crashed to earth, making this gemstone an earthly and extra-terrestrial phenomenon.

The finest peridot gemstones are a vibrant grass green. Looking at a peridot ring or pair of peridot earrings is a dreamy reminder of perfect summer days. As the gemstone of optimism, peridot is said to bring happiness, good luck and prosperity to all those who wear them. It is also thought to calm feelings of anger and help its wearer to overcome fear. For this reason, peridot has long been the choice of astute gem lovers who want to share happiness, confidence and contentment with the special people in their lives.

Peridots were first found in the Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt. According to legend, the Ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra admired the rich green hue of peridot gemstones and would often wear them alongside her famous emeralds. The ancient Romans declared peridot as 'the evening emerald', believing its colour was the most potent and powerful at night. Although we know this isn't true, there is something especially romantic about the idea of peridot jewellery glimmering in moonlight.

Peridot is an extraordinary feat of mother earth and therefore needs special care and attention. If you are wearing a peridot ring, peridot necklace or peridot earrings for a special occasion, just remember to spray your favourite perfume first. Peridot gemstones should be your final adornment to protect their rich green colour.

Peridot jewellery is the traditional 16th wedding anniversary gift and looks just as beautiful in sterling silver as it does yellow gold. As peridot is said to relieve feelings of jealousy and encourage forgiveness, it is a beautifully symbolic gift for couples whose love only grows stronger with time. For friendships, a peridot necklace or peridot stud earrings are like the gift of confidence, self-worth and abundance in all things, whether that's love, work or travel.

To truly express a unique love or special relationship, there is something magical about peridot. Its fiery origins and fascinating history make this gemstone a green talisman of positivity.

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