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The forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Peridot

Published on Friday 02 August 2019

The forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Peridot

August’s Birthstone Peridot represents strength, harmony and compassion

Catherine Hills Jewellery August cabinet of curiosities

Story of August’s Birthstone Peridot

Catherine Hills Jewellery August Peridot birthstone studs

It was once believed that the crystals of August’s birthstone Peridot, found in the ashes of volcanos, were the tears of the volcanic goddess Pele. Peridots symbolise strength and are believe to help protect the wearer.

How are Peridots Formed?

Cathereine Hills Jewellery Pollen Segmented Peridot charm

Peridots have been found in meteorites that have fallen to Earth and in volcanic lava in Hawaii.

The peridots used in jewellery are typically found deep within the mantle of the Earth at very high temperatures and are usually brought to the surface by volcanic activity.

History and Meaning of Peridots

Catherine Hills Jewellery Peridot Pollen stacking rings

It is believed that a peridot set in gold will help protect the wearer from nightmares.

Known to the Egyptians as 'gem of the sun', they believed peridots to have special healing powers.

Peridots are sometimes known as 'evening emeralds' as their colour shines in all lights including low light and under artificial light.

Catherine Hills Jewellery August Peridot birthstone ball and chain necklace

An ancient naturalist Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) first recorded peridot on a small island near Egypt. The island was closely guarded by the Egyptians as it was thought to be a place of great treasures. It’s thought that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were really peridots. Peridot is the national gem of Egypt.

Colours of Peridots

Catherine Hills Jewellery Peridot Pollen cluster necklace

Peridots are always light green. Depending on the amount of iron in the stone their colour can be more intense (and the stone more valuable). I’ve sourced some beautiful vibrant light green peridots for my new birthstone Satsuma stud earrings.

Catherine Hills Jewellery Satsuma Peridot August birthstone studs

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