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August's Birthstone: Peridot in the limelight

on Aug 5, 2011 1:42 PM

Peridot ringThe dog days of summer are upon us and we’re keeping it cool with August's birthstone: the sublime Peridot. It's about as hardcore as a gemstone can get - it’s found in rocks created by volcanoes and even in meteors that fall to the earth.

The ancient Romans called it the “evening emerald” since it could still be visible by lamp light. Because of its bright green color, pirates believed that peridot would glow in the dark whenever it was near buried treasure.

It represents success, good fortune and loyalty. It is also believed to ward off stress, encourage a positive outlook on life, prevent fear or guilt and help a person develop patience.

Natural remedies

Peridot in powdered form has been used as a cure for asthma and fevers. Drinking from a Peridot goblet was thought to heighten the effectiveness of other medicines. It was also believed to drive away evil spirits and subdue night terrors, especially when set in gold.

The love stone

Worn in Renaissance times to attract romance, today it is the gemstone to mark the 16th wedding anniversary.

What to look for?

  • A clear, vivid “spring” green color with less yellow and no brown overtones
  • Large sizes in fine quality hold more value

Care and cleaning

Store peridot jewelry with care to avoid scratches. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners. Instead, clean with a toothbrush using mild dish soap and warm water.

Side-kick

You may not hear a lot about this gem, but the Sardonyx is the second (and often forgotten) birthstone of August. It is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white banding. Sardonyx is thought to bring courage, victory, relaxation and security.

Tell us about your August birthstone jewelry!

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