August babies, it’s time to celebrate! Your birthstone is the bright green gemstone, peridot. Peridot is a celebrity in the gem world this year, as its warm green hue is a perfect match to the Pantone Color of the Year—“Greenery”. You can read more about it on our blog here:

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About Peridot

            According to the American Gem Society, “Ancient Egyptians called peridot the ‘gem of the sun,’ believing it protected its wearer from terrors of the night. Egyptian priests believed that it harnessed the power of nature, and used goblets encrusted with it to commune with their nature gods.” In addition to being a protector, some believe that peridot possesses healing properties, and ensures happiness and peace. Pretty neat, huh?

            Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine, and its vibrant color comes from the composition of the mineral, instead of trace impurities as in many other gems. Peridot comes from many places around the world, including Arizona, Myanmar, China, Pakistan, and Africa (Reference: American Gem Society).

            Peridot is not a very hard gemstone, measuring around 6.5 - 7 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale (whereas diamonds measure a 10), which makes it prone to cracking during the cutting process. However, once cut, it’s a fairly durable stone that you can wear as much as you'd like!

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Wearing Peridot

            Peridot is such an easy to wear gem because it matches everything—It enhances neutral colors (making it the perfect complement to any eye/hair colors), and it also pops when accessorized with bright colors such as pinks and purples. You really can’t go wrong with peridot! It looks great whether it’s set in yellow, white, or even rose gold.

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 Need an August birthday gift or just looking to treat yourself? Visit us for all of your peridot jewelry needs!

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