Whether you pronounce it “para-DOT” or “para-DOUGH” – and yes, both pronunciations are perfectly correct – this beautiful translucent spring green gemstone is one of three considered the official traditional August birthstones since 1912, when the Jewelers of America, now known as the National Association of Jewelers, met in Wichita, Kansas, and deemed it so. Sardonyx and spinel are the other two August birthstones, but those are tales for another day, because the focus here is on the breathtakingly lovely peridot.
Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine, a member of the silicates group. Its MOHS score is 6-1/2 – 7. It is transparent to translucent.
Peridot has all of the young, friendly, joyful energy of spring, just like the color it bears. It’s a stone that’s used to help reduce stress, anger, and guilt, and it’s a stone for anyone who has tendencies towards being a couch potato, because it almost effortlessly counteracts lethargy and aparthy, especially the exhausted kinds that go hand-in-hand with depression. Peridot is brilliant to help with feelings of jealousy, resentment, or bitterness.
Who else can benefit from wearing peridot? Anyone who was
- born under the tropical zodiac signs of Leo or Virgo
- born under a fire sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
- born during a year of the monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
If you’re planning to propose to someone or get a birthday gift for someone who falls into one of those categories, we have some stunning vintage peridot rings in our Style shop that would be perfect as wedding or engagement rings. There’s a gorgeous necklace, too, and some multistone rings that have other gemstones along with the peridots – see all of it by clicking here, or click on individual photos, below.
As always, feel free to leave us a comment or question!
CJ & Kay