This month we here at TJC are all about green gems, and it’s surprisingly fitting as this month’s birthstone is Peridot! The gem actually pronounced pair-a-doe is thought to be a gift from Mother Nature and as a result called a ‘gem of the sun’.
We are all still celebrating summer, however it’s evident through the weather we’ve experienced recently that the season is beginning to change, which is why greens are the perfect colour to be rocking in August and September to reflect the transitioning weather, especially if you don’t want to give up wearing summery colours.
Although the weather may not be summery here’s some cool facts you might not have known about this month’s naturally glittery green gem… keep reading!
1. Peridot is the national gem of Egypt. Some historians are now convinced that some, or possibly all the Emeralds, Cleopatra was famous for wearing, were not actually Emeralds, but Peridots from Egypt.
2. Peridot and Diamond are the only two gems that are formed deep inside the earth’s mantle and brought to the surface, unlike other gems which are found in the crust of the earth.
3. Peridot symbolises the goddess of fire and volcanoes. In Hawaii, Peridot symbolizes the tears of Hele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes
4. Peridot symbolises Luck, Success, Strength and Health
5. Peridot is only available in one colour. It is one of few gemstones to be found in just one colour making it very unique, however, it does in a spectrum of greens depending on how much iron is present in the crystal structure.
6. Some believe it has the power to drive away evil and anger. It is also thought that it can aid in the success of marriage, encouraging positive energy and reducing ego. Put on Peridot for a confidence boost.
7. This gem has been the official birthstone of August since 1912, and is also an appropriate gift for those celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary!
8. The Romans even believed this naturally glittery gem to be an anti – depressant, releasing negative energy and able to calm nerves.
9. Peridot is a gem that is normally found in 1 or 2 carats. It’s very rare for Peridot to come in anything more than 5 carats, if so, they are very costly.
10. Peridot is a softer stone that is best set in bezel set jewellery which protect the stone are recommended.
11. At one time Peridots were more valuable than diamonds.
12. Peridot is a gem quality form of the mineral olivine. This material is also referred to as Chrysolite which lends Peridot its natural colour.
13. Some Peridot specimens have been discovered in meteorites!
14. The largest cut Peridot was found on the island of Zabargad, Egypt weights 319 carats and belongs to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
15. There is no synthetic or manmade version of Peridot, but imitations do exist. These are usually made of glass or natural tourmaline.
Have you learned something new about Peridot? Indulge in the historical, natural sparkly gem known as the ‘Evening Emerald’ because of its distinct colour even in the dark, now!