August’s Birthstone :: Peridot
Unassuming Peridot, the “Evening Emerald”
Welcome to this month’s birthstone post! My youngest child was born in this hot summer month, so the this month’s stone is very special to me. Peridot is said to be lucky and guard the babies born in August, which I might just have to call upon, as my little guy is a risk-taking daredevil! This folktale gives me even more reason to love the earthy green of a well-cut peridot.
“Peridot is the rare gem-quality variety of the common mineral olivine, which forms deep inside the earth’s mantle and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava.”
-The American Gemological Society
- Color: Yellow green to olive to lime brown and is often called the “evening emerald” because it looks beautiful any time of day.
- Care: Measures 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, and is prone to breaking during cutting, but once it is cut, the finished gemstone is relatively durable and easy to wear and care for.
- Meanings & Properties: Said to ensure peace and happiness.
- Uses and Folklore: Provides protection against nightmares and evil.
Fun Fact: Peridot is rarely found within meteorites!
Because peridot is an expensive gemstone, I’m using green cut Czech glass beads as a substitute (see the strands above), which I found at my local Michaels Store. By selecting the lime green beads from the strand, some of which have an aurora borealis coating, I was able to collect a group of beads with some varieties of greens which more closely emulate the natural differences in real peridot.
Earrings are always a great place to start with birthstone gifts. They’re one-size-fits-all accessory that people have fun with. I found these beautiful earring connectors to serve as the base for my sparkling green earrings.
Because the set of earring connectors came with three pieces, I decided to add a bracelet to these earrings, using the earring connector as a charm near the clasp. A golden tassel adds even more movement to the Perfectly Peridot bracelet.
It’s always lovely to be able to give a set of jewelry as a gift. The bracelet and earrings look beautiful together!
Thank you for stopping by this month. Join me again next month as we learn more about September’s sapphire birthstone.