August's Birthstone: Peridot

As the sun reaches its peak in the warm days of August, the lush hues of nature come alive, reflecting the vibrancy of summer. Among the gems that capture this seasonal splendor is the enchanting peridot, August's birthstone. 

The Allure and History of Peridot 

Peridot, often referred to as the "evening emerald" because of its brilliant green glow, has been treasured for thousands of years. Its history dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was called the "gem of the sun." Egyptians believed that peridot protected its wearer from the terrors of the night, and it was even rumored that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection was actually comprised of peridot.

What makes peridot stand out is its unique color, which ranges from a light yellow-green to a deep olive. Unlike many gemstones, peridot’s color is entirely its own and does not result from impurities within the crystal structure. This distinct hue is due to the presence of iron in its composition, making it one of the few gems that come in only one color. This natural green is reminiscent of lush landscapes and is said to have a calming effect, bringing peace and balance to the wearer.

Pictured: "Lily" Oval Peridot Diamond Halo Ring

Birthstone Benefits

Being the birthstone for August, peridot is believed to bring a host of benefits to those born in this month. Traditionally, peridot is thought to:

  • Promote Good Health: Often associated with the heart chakra, peridot is believed to support cardiovascular health and overall physical well-being.
  • Enhance Prosperity: It is known as a stone of abundance, attracting wealth, good fortune, and new opportunities.
  • Encourage Emotional Healing: Peridot is said to alleviate stress, dispel negative patterns, and enhance confidence and assertiveness.
  • Foster Harmonious Relationships: This gem is believed to encourage love and commitment, making it a thoughtful gift for couples.

Pictured: Peridot Half Bezel Stud Earrings

Caring for Your Peridot Jewelry

Peridot ranks between 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it relatively durable but susceptible to scratches and sharp blows. To keep your peridot jewelry looking its best, follow these simple care tips:

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Remove peridot jewelry when using cleaning products or engaging in activities where it might come into contact with harsh chemicals.
  • Store Properly: Keep your peridot pieces in a soft pouch or a lined jewelry box to prevent scratches from harder gemstones.
  • Clean Gently: Use warm, soapy water and a soft brush to clean your peridot jewelry. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners, as they can cause damage.

Pictured: Peridot Stackable Band

Whether you’re an August baby or simply a lover of beautiful gemstones, peridot is a timeless choice that captures the essence of summer. Its radiant green glow, rich history, and multitude of believed benefits make it a gemstone worth celebrating. Explore our collection of exquisite peridot jewelry and find the perfect piece to add to your collection or gift to someone special.

At Carter’s Collective Fine Jewelry we take pride in offering only the highest quality peridot pieces, crafted with care and designed to last a lifetime. Visit us today and let the magic of peridot brighten your world!