August’s birthstone is the vibrant lesser known gemstone, Peridot. With its eye catching yellowish-green colour and sparkling double refraction qualities, peridot is a beautiful choice for those who prefer a slightly unique gemstone from well known gemstones like emeralds. Well saturated, glamorous and stylish; this affordable gemstone looks fabulous no matter what colour precious metal it is set into, making it a versatile gem for any occasion!
Found deep inside the earth within areas of Myanmar, Pakistan, USA and China, the peridot gemstone comes closer to the earth’s surface through volcanic eruptions. Did you know that peridot gemstones have been found in meteorites?
Peridot gemstones are often a great option for those that prefer a subtler green gemstone than the statement that emerald provides. Varying from a green grass colouring to the trademark yellowish-green shade that we think of being August’s birthstone.
The attractive majestic green of the peridot gemstone was particular popular in early 20th century jewellery; intricate Edwardian openwork pendants and symbolic suffragette jewellery. Often the peridot gemstones were accompanied by seed pearls and amethyst gemstones, linking to the three colours that symbolised the ‘Give Women The Vote’ movement; green, white and violet. The peridot gemstone represents the colour of freedom and the emblem of spring so could be the perfect gesture for anyone who is graduating from university and is entering the freedom of the adult world for the first time!