In dazzlingly bright yellow-green hues, Peridot (pronounced pair-a-doe) shines almost as if lit from within. Fittingly, ancient Egyptians called this sparkly gem “the gem of sun”.
But what makes it so bright and sparkly? Peridot is usually transparent – which brings the gorgeous, yellow-green color to life when held up to the light. It also has an extremely high double refraction, which means when you look closely at a faceted peridot gemstone, you can see two of each pavilion facet.
Peridot is not only August’s birthstone, but the 15th Anniversary gemstone.
Cleopatra was known for her deep love of emeralds, but historians now believe that a large portion of her jewelry collection was actually Peridot.
Although this gem has been loved for centuries, its also had an out of this world experience. The sparkly green gem has been found inside meteorites!
The name peridot comes from the Arabic word faridat which means “gem”. These pretty little green gems have long been associated with growth, harmony and prosperity. ⠀
Having a hard time choosing between gold or silver settings? Legend has it that if you set the stone in gold, it possesses the power to cast away terrors of the night!