AUGUST BIRTHSTONE: COLOR AND MEANING
Peridot is the birthstone for August. Here are a few facts about this gorgeous green gem!
- Peridot is a French term originating from the Arabic word "faridat" meaning gem.
- Peridot Properties: Peridot is a mineral belonging to the olivine family. Olivine is a very abundant mineral, but gem quality peridot is rare. Other peridot properties include a score of 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.
- Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone.
- Peridot gem cuts are common in all forms (round, oval, pear, cushion, triangle, and marquise shapes).
- Unlike most other gemstones, the peridot stone comes in just one hue, light green. There is a range of green shades that the peridot gemstones exhibit, however, including olive-green, lime green, yellowish-green and dark green.
- The green gems's price per carat ranges in price from about $50–80/ct. For well-cut gems in the 1–2 ct. size, peridot's price per carat ranges up to as much as $400–450 ct.
- The Earth's crust produces most gems. The two exceptions to this being diamonds and peridot. They're formed much deeper in the Earth; in the mantle. peridot rocks form in magma in the upper mantle, about 20 to 55 miles deep.
- Raw peridot is found in mining locations in Arizona, and in Arkansas, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico at Kilbourne Hole, in the US; and in Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
- Peridot Healing Properties: Peridot crystals have a calming effect on the wearer. Other peridot healing properties include increasing strength, vitality and clarity of mind.
- It is one of the oldest known gemstones with ancient records documenting the mining of raw peridot stones from as early as 1500 B.C.
- Ancient Egyptians referred to peridot crystals as "gems of the sun."
- Peridot gems used in jewelry and other applications dates as far back as the ancient Egyptians from around 1500 B.C.
- Many people now believe that the famous "emerald" jewels of Cleopatra were actually peridot gemstones.
- Peridot rocks are found in some meteorites, making it one of the few gems known to exist outside of our solar system!