The Beauty of Peridot
One of the world’s most ancient of gems is also the birthstone for the month of August. Here are five other fascinating facts about the beauty of Peridot.
What’s in a name?
The word Peridot comes from the Arabic word “faridat” which means “gem”. Peridot was valued by many ancient and medieval cultures. It has appeared as priests' jewelry as early as the 2nd century BC and has been found in churches throughout medieval Europe. Some historians even believe Cleopatra’s famed emerald collection may have been made up of peridot stones.
What color is Peridot?
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occurs in only one color. It's beautiful green color can range from a yellow olive green to dark green. The more iron it contains, the deeper green it is.
Where is Peridot formed?
Peridot, like diamonds, are formed deep in the earth’s mantle. Most gemstones are formed in the earth’s crust, but peridot crystals form in the magma and are brought to the surface through tectonic or volcanic activity.
As old as our solar system?
Peridot is one of the few gemstones known to exist in outer space. Stardust, NASA’s explorer spacecraft, returned to Earth with mineral samples collected near the sun. They collected gem-quality Peridot, which is thought to be as old as our solar system. Peridot has also been found at some meteor crash sites.
Symbolism & Spirituality
Ancient Egyptians called Peridot “the gem of the sun” as they believed it protected wearers from the “terrors of the night”. Peridot beads were often worn as talismans believed to offer protection, as well as to promote happiness, love and prosperity.
Here are two of our favorite Peridot pieces
Our gorgeous cushion cut Peridot gemstone necklace on a delicate fine chain.
Minimalist square cut Peridot threader earrings in 14K gold fill or sterling silver