Peridot, August's birthstone, is the perfect gem for summer. The ideal shade for this unique green stone is olive, but its shade can vary from yellow through green to brownish-green. The shade depends on the amount of iron within the gem. The name for peridot comes from the Greek word peridona, which roughly translates to “to give richness”.
Records of peridot go back to Ancient Egypt; peridot jewelry were created from mines in the Red Sea. Peridot necklaces and peridot earrings were popular in Ancient Rome as accent pieces for women attending dinner parties, so much so that its nickname was “the emerald of the evening”. In Medieval Europe the peridot was used to adorn churches. Today, Catholic bishops still wear peridot rings.
Once most peridot mines had been exhausted, peridot jewelry went out of favor. But the recent discovery of mines in Kashmir has reignited interest in this gorgeous gem. Stop in our store to see our peridot jewelry collection; find out why this gem has been treasured for so long and give the richness of peridot jewelry to someone you love.
Birthstone of the Month
Friday, August 01, 2014
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