August Birthstone: Peridot

Origins

August Birthstone: Peridot is not the first official gemstone of August, as the original gem for August was Sardonyx. When Peridot was added, its beauty and allure made it August's primary birthstone.

The origin of the name "Peridot" is unclear, although scholars believe it is derived from the Arabic word for gem, "faridat". Others believe it is derived from the Greek word "Peridona", which means "giving plenty". This may be why peridot is associated with prosperity and good fortune.

Peridot is the gem-quality of the mineral olivine, which forms in the earth's mantle, rising to the surface through volcanoes, manifesting itself in meteorites.

The signature color of peridot comes from the mineral's composition, not from trace impurities like many other gems, explaining why it basically comes in one color. If the amount of iron is elevated or decreased, peridot can appear a yellowish-green, to olive, to brownish-green hue.

Peridot mainly comes from Arizona, more specifically the San Carlos Reservation, on which the Apache tribe dwells.

Because of an estimated 80-95% of the world's supply of peridot being mined on this Reservation, people born in August find affordable options to wear their stunning and unique green birthstone.

The gem is also mined in Arkansas, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico. Internationally, peridot is found in Australia, Brazil, Burma, China, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

Peridot Has a Worldwide History

Peridot jewelry can be traced back to 1000 B.C. During this time, ancient Egyptians called this stone "gem of the sun", believing it would protect them from terrors of the night. Egyptian priests claimed the peridot harnessed the power of nature and implanted it in goblets to communicate with their gods of nature.  In Egypt, peridot was found on the volcanic island of Topazios.

Cleopatra was known for her fascination with gemstones. When visiting nobility left, Cleopatra gifted them large Emeralds with an image of herself carved into them, or what she thought were Emeralds...

Many historians believe Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection may have actually been peridot!

Through the medieval era, people continued to confuse emeralds and peridot.

This gemstone saw a revival in the 1990s when new deposits were discovered in Pakistan, producing some of the finest peridots ever found. Some of these “Kashmir peridots” measured more than 100 carats.

Peridot in the 21st Century

In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the volcano goddess Pele, who is said to control the flow of lava.

Peridot only measures 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, meaning when raw, it's prone to cracking during cutting. When finished, the gemstone is robust and easy to wear and care for.

The peridot is known as "the Evening Emerald" according to the American Gem Society, because the sparkling hue of the gem illuminates an outfit any time of the day, including nighttime, respectively.

Peridot is said to carry healing properties that protect against evil and nightmares, bringing peace and happiness to those who wear it. Under this belief, babies born in August are guarded by the good fortune of the peridot.


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What is a Birthstone? June - Pearl

Unique Gemstone

Pearls are the most unique of gemstones because they are not created in the depths of the earth; they are from oysters in the sea. They don't require any polishing or cutting to enhance their natural beauty, which has been cherished for thousands of years. Pearls are the most popular birthstone of June, followed by Moonstones and Alexandrite.

Differences in Origin

Pearls are found in three varieties: saltwater, freshwater, and cultured. There are three major types of saltwater pearls: Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea. These pearls appear to have similar characteristics, but can vary in size, shape, and color because each pearl is created in a different species of oyster. Saltwater pearls are typically round and white or cream-colored, which indicate they are of Akoya variety. The South Sea variety are typically the largest in size and are cream-colored. Tahitian pearls are grown in several French Polynesian islands, and referred to as black pearls, but can emerge gray, blue, purple, or green.

Freshwater pearls are grown in lakes, rivers, and ponds. They resemble the Saltwater Akoya variety because of their white color and size, but can develop in an array of pastel colors.

Cultured pearls are grown in Pearl farms where technicians raise oysters to grow pearls, harvest the gem, then safely release the oysters back into the water. In the process of cultivating pearls, over 10,000 pearls may be examined before a group of beautifully matched pearls can be assembled into a 16” necklace.

Pearls in the Past

The Pearl was considered by Greco-Roman civilizations as a favorite gem of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Many Asian cultures believed the Pearl was a product of a rain god. Persians believed the sun's influence helped create Pearls. Each of these cultures regarded the Pearl as a divine and beloved gem that originated in nature. Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty dating back to 2300 B.C. In ancient Rome, pearls were considered a symbol of high status. Atlantic-coastal and Mississippi River Native Americans were the first to harvest and use pearls. Pendants, earrings, and decorative clothing pieces made with pearls were worn by men and women. Pearls were also used in Native American culture as tributes. Powhattan, Pocahontas' father, had received many pearls as tributes.

Our Pearls

Boston Designer Jewelry Imports provides beautiful pearl jewelry for you and your loved ones. Graceful and alluring designs come along with exceptional quality. The Princess Lace Keshi Pearl Necklace [shown below]  Go to link for details:  https://bostondesignerjewelryimports.com/shop-bdji/princess-lace-pearl-necklace/ has a timeless elegance along with the Akoya Pearl Strand Necklace (Shown below) Go to link for detail: https://bostondesignerjewelryimports.com/shop-bdji/loyal-akoya-cultured-pearl-necklace/ . Our collection of meticulously curated earrings give a sophisticated and tasteful upgrade to your clothing ensemble.