THE AUGUST BIRTHSTONE: Peridot
The August birthstone is an exquisite yellow-ish green gem called Peridot. Often confused with Emerald or Topaz, this has an incredible history. The origin of the word “Peridot” is derived from Arabic “faridat,” which means “gem.”
Even so, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Today, mined peridot, is sourced from deep inside the earth produced by volcanoes. Peridot gems are commonly sourced from China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam and the United States.
However, others have been found in places such as Peridot Beach, Hawaii. In some mystical and rare occurrences, some also came to earth in meteorites. But these are not likely to be found in retail jewelry. Zabargad, an Egyptian Island is the oldest recorded source of producing Peridot. Because of its unique and ancient origins, Peridot from the island of Zabargad has been highly desired for centuries.
Watch our latest video here to learn more about the August gemstone. If you have any questions about this gorgeous gemstone, or if you would like assistance with selecting the perfect Peridot piece for you or someone special, please reach out to us! You can schedule an appointment with one of our gemologists by calling us at 541-345-0354.