August Birthstone Infographic Peridot Jewelry
From the French word péridot, meaning "unclear," because of the numerous ambiguities found within the gemstone. National gem of Egypt, and the ancient Egyptians knew it as the gem of the sun. Chrysolite, an older German word, was also used to describe the gem before the word peridot was applied to all gem-quality peridot stones.
Facts & Figures:
August's birthstone is a symbol of fame, dignity, and protection. Often called the evening emerald, the shimmering, pale green peridot is commonly associated with spirituality and self-expression. The emeralds that Cleopatra was famous for wearing were not actually emeralds but deep green peridot stones from Egypt. Birthstone for zodiac sign Leo and Virgo.
A powerful cleanser. Reduces stress, anger and guilt. Sharpens and opens the mind. Dissipates lethargy, apathy and exhaustion. Believed to strengthen the immune system, metabolism and to bring benefits to the skin. Balances bipolar disorders and overcomes hypochondria.
Peridot is only found in one color – green. The shade and depth of green color comes from the amount of iron present in the stone, and the deeper the green, the smaller the amount of iron that is present.
Although relatively hard (6.5-7 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale) should be spared from rugged wear. An intriguing facet of Peridot is its double refraction: when you look through it, things appear double.
This friendly, bright green stone looks beautiful in gold or silver. Reputed to inspire eloquence, creativity and to bring delight whether in the form of earrings, bracelets, necklaces or rings. Wear it to add a fresh and playful color to your outfit.
Care & Handling:
Clean with warm, soapy water. Protect it from scratches and sharp blows that can fracture or shatter the stone. Avoid large temperature changes and keep protected in a jewelry box.