August birthstone: Peridot

Happy Birthday to all those born in August. And as it happens, Peridot is StyleRocks’ founder, Pascale’s birthstone. For the supersleuths among you, yes, this means her birthday is coming up. Hint hint!

Peridot is one of the few stones that only occurs in one colour – an olive green. Some sources suggest that the name comes from the Arabic word faridat, meaning ‘gem’. However, others suggest that it comes from classical Latin word of paederot – a kind of opal.

Peridot is largely found in Australia, Brazil, China, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Tanzania. Historically it was mined for over 3500 years in Zabargad, east of Aswan in Egypt. However, it was forgotten for many centuries and rediscovered only around 1900.

In the Middle Ages, peridot was brougth to central Europe by the crusaders and was often used for ecclesiastical purposes. The largest cut peridot ever found weighs 310 carats and was found in Zabargad – it’s now housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. In Russia there are some cut peridots which came out of a meteorite that fell in 1749 in eastern Siberia – truly out of this world!

As for how you can customise your jewellery with peridot on StyleRocks, we love silver but visually, we think it looks best when set against yellow gold. Peridot is part of our ‘luxury touch’ range – small precious stones with which you can personalise a ring, or a pendant or even customise some cufflinks.

Here are our top three peridot-designs

Yellow gold half eternity ring with peridot

Silver heart pendant with peridot

Yellow gold cufflinks with peridot

What do you think? Which is YOUR favourite?

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