The birthstone for August is Peridot, the gem quality variety of olivine. Its mineral name suggests a muted olive green hue, however a good quality Peridot is actually a beautiful, zesty, lime green colour.
"THE GEM OF THE SUN"
If you’ve ever looked at this summer gemstone and thought it has an almost other-worldly glow, then you’d be absolutely right! This stunning mineral has actually been found in rare pallasite meteorites and estimated to have formed 4.5 billion years ago. The slice below shows Peridot in its matrix of meteoritic iron and it almost resembles some sort of extra-terrestrial stained glass window! It is absolutely mind-blowing to think of how this Peridot formed, how it could have once been part of another planet, the distance it has travelled and the speed in which it entered the Earth’s atmosphere! With some bizarre accuracy, ancient Egyptians thought Peridot was sent to Earth by the explosion of a star. They believed that due to its formation, Peridot carried healing powers and referred to this gemstone as the ‘’Gem of the Sun’’.
HOW IS PERIDOT FORMED?
Back here on Earth, Peridot is formed under the intense heat and pressure of the mantle and is pushed closer to the Earth’s surface through volcanic action and tectonic movements. Surviving these sorts of extreme beginnings is impressive and gives added kudos to this humble gem.
THE SYMBOLISM OF PERIDOT
As well as being the birthstone for August, it is also linked to 16 year anniversaries. Not only did the ancient Egyptians believe that Peridot had healing properties, it is also said to remove negative feelings, sharpen the mind and open the heart.
If it’s not a gemstone you’ve ever considered, we would recommend trying on a piece of Peridot jewellery. It is definitely brought to life when worn and seems to simply glow on the skin.
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