Thursday, August 2, 2012

Peridot - a happy green gem for an August birthstone

It’s hard to find a happier little gemstone than peridot. Peridot is the gemstone-quality form of the mineral olivine, and the birthstone for August. Late summer could hardly have a better stone. Whether grassy, limey, or olive green, the color of a fine peridot feels like sitting in the tall summer grass, wearing sandals and sipping margaritas. Substitute an apple martini, if you prefer.

Besides having a happy casual color, olivine is one of the most abundant minerals on earth and is the predominant rock in the upper layer of the earth’s mantle. Entire beaches in Hawaii are colored green from millions of volcanic peridot crystals that make up the sand. Even though most olivine isn’t suitable for faceting into gemstones, good quality material is still common enough to make peridot one of the nicest, most affordable natural gemstones around.
1. Ring by JenLawlerDesigns     2. Ring by LunasaDesigns
3. Ring by iacua     4. Ring by catherinechandler

Something about the fine grassy green color of peridot has been making people happy for centuries. The ancients called upon this stone to reduce anxiety, calm spirits, enable good communication, attract love, and release anger and resentment. They found these powers to be amplified when peridot was set in gold and worn on the left side of the body. Wedding ring, anyone?

The sunny green gemstone made the ancient Egyptians so happy that they defended their mines on the viper-infested island of Zabargad by immediately sacking all trespassers (and they eventually sacked all of the snakes). The Crusaders later occupied the island and were so enchanted with the supposed emeralds found there that they carried large quantities back to Europe to decorate cathedrals and shrines. Many fine peridot gemstones from those times and those mines have survived and can be seen in museums and religious sites today.

Even though this cheerful stone feels like an earthly summer, it’s also found in meteorites, comets, on Mars, and the moon. In fact, extraterrestrial gemmy peridot may be common enough to outweigh all of the material here on earth, and peridot is the only gemstone from outer space that’s available for your personal adornment. Even if you choose an earthly specimen, you could find yourself thinking happy green summer thoughts all year round.

You can find more peridot jewelry by EtsyMetal members here.

-article written by Mary Anne Karren

1 comment:

Wholesale Diamonds said...

Wearing jewelry items is actually not just by the purpose of adding our personality a twist and glitter. It is also important that we really understand the meaning of jewelry especially if we are wearing birthstone jewelry items like birthstone rings, earrings, necklaces or bracelets. Thank you for sharing this very informative post

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