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August Birthstone – Peridot

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This gemstone dates back to ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs, and can be found in their amazing jewellery. In fact, this variety of gem-quality olivine as it is known, has been mined for over 3,500 years. For ancient Mediterranean civilisations, the island now known as St John's Island was the main source of peridot. The island is in the Red Sea and was previously named Zabargad, which means olivine in Arabic. The name "peridot" is French, and maybe derived from the word "faridat", which is an Arabic word meaning "gem".

Peridot is always green, but it can range from a pale pretty golden green to a much darker almost olive brown colour. The shade of green is due to the presence of iron within the gemstone, a higher presence of iron can result in a brown hue, but the most valued colour for peridot stones are those of a rich green.

Yes, this month's birthstone is peridot, so the time is right to consider a peridot purchase for those celebrating a birthday or for those celebrating 16 years of wedded bliss.

1760 Collection

At Gatwards, our signature 1760 collection has a number of peridot pieces, one of which is this stunning peridot and diamond ring. Featuring a single, vivid peridot (2.90ct) with a diamond halo and elegant diamond set shoulders.



Beautiful matching peridot and diamond stud earrings are also available.



Rose Gold

As the attraction to rose gold continues we're delighted to have a beautiful peridot pendant and pair of drop earrings, featuring this month's birthstone and all set in rose gold. £420.00 and £250.00.




Molly Brown Children’s Jewellery

The gorgeous Molly Brown collection at Gatwards is perfect for children’s gifts. The range includes twelve birthstone bracelets, including this peridot version. Its adjustable length means that it can be worn and loved right through to adulthood. £50.00

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Pre-owned Peridot

If you like truly individual pieces what about this beautiful peridot and seed pearl pendant, elaborately set with pearls in shapes of leaves and flowers, with a pearl set suspension loop, all set in yellow gold on a 15ct gold chain. £750.00.



We have some amazing and unusual second hand jewellery items, so why not look online or pop into the store to find our more.

Look out for the sapphire in September.

For more information on any of the peridot jewellery featured in this blog or our wider collection, come and speak to a member of our friendly team in store or email elizabeth@gatwardsofhitchin.co.uk

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