Birthstone for August is the beautiful green peridot.
Family Jewels offers the finest loose single peridot gemstones.
August birthstones are the most varied and officially accepted birthstone remains the peridot although a total of 7 gemstones are attached as birthstones for the month of August. We will discuss the peridot.
Peridot is a beautiful green, somewhat clear precious stone and it is the official birthstone recognized by most jewelers and the public.
Many people believe in birthstones and that each birthstone has a different effect upon the one wearing their birthstone. While we cannot disprove nor prove this even in this modern age: Mythology remains a key ingredient for the public at large,
Peridots are found in lava, meteorites, and deep in the earth’s mantle, yellow-green peridot is the extreme gemstone sought for the most and the most valued in the peridot line of gems.
Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, the source for many large fine peridots in the world’s museums. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Today this gem is still prized for its restful yellowish green hues and long history. Large strongly-colored, examples can be spectacular, and attractive smaller gems are available for jewelry at all prices making the peridot affordable for every budget. A peridot surrounded by small diamonds in a ring setting is quite spectacular.
Peridot has always been associated with natural light. Like the light of the sun shinning down upon the Earth. In fact, the Egyptians called it the gem of the sun god. Many Egyptians believed it protected them from terrors within bad dreams?
The word peridot is derived from the Arabic word “faridat”. Which simply interpreted means gem.
Peridot forms deep inside the Earth like diamonds do, and brought to the surface by volcanoes. So we mine for them around the volcano tubes. Rarer peridot arrives to earth in meteorites and is extraterrestrial peridot which is extremely rare and highly valuable.
Many people believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot? People in medieval times continued to confuse peridot with emerald all the time. A great example of this easy confusion was that for hundreds of years people believed the fabulous 200-ct. gems adorning the shrine of the “Three Holy Kings” in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds? They are, in fact, peridots.
Today every Gemologist knows the difference and the quality of every gemstone they handle. Our Gemologist is ready to answer your questions and assist your choice in the purchase of any gemstone.
Gemologist Larry McDilda
Family Jewels and Silver Inc.
1911 Lakin Avenue
Great Bend, Ks 67530