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Celebrating The August Birth Stone - Peridot

Peridot - The Birth Stone for August, is known as the gem of compassion. Also synonymous with good health, peace, and harmony.

This semi-precious stone is naturally light green in color, It ranges in hues of yellow-green.

The Peridot's Intriguing Journey: A Gem with a Unique Past

Peridots have a fascinating history, with ties to royalty, volcanoes, and even outer space. This unique backstory adds to the natural charm of this lovely green gem.

Common in certain volcanic rocks. It has been mined in Egypt for thousands of years. It can also be found in Pakistan, South Africa, and Brazil.

Gems out of this world

Peridot gems have been found in meteorites that landed on Earth millions of years ago but are quite rare. A meteorite discovered in Siberia in 1749 contained large enough peridot crystals to be used in jewelry, making it the only extraterrestrial gem suitable for wear. However, these unique stones are exceptionally scarce.

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Learn more about interesting Jewelry with Peridot from history

Royal Peridots

King Edward VII of England, adored peridots to such an extent that he proclaimed them as his favorite gemstone. Although his reign was relatively brief, lasting nine years, the peridot's charm endured and remained popular throughout the 20th century

A cherished peridot jewelry collection, known as the Habsburg Peridot Parure, once belonged to the Austrian Grand Duchess Isabella. This set includes a tiara, necklace, and earrings, initially created around 1825 for Grand Duchess Henriette, wife of Charles, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. It was later passed down. The tiara alone boasts five large peridots, and the necklace has seven peridot drops that can be attached to the tiara for added elegance.

The Habsburg Peridot Parure

"Peridot's Historical Link to Egypt: The Cleopatra Connection

Throughout history, people often confused peridot with emerald. For example, Cleopatra's famous "emerald" jewels were actually peridots. Similarly, the 200 carats of green gems at Germany's Cologne Cathedral, once thought to be emeralds, turned out to be peridots.

Egyptians called this stone the "gem of the sun" believing it protected its wearer from the terrors of the night.

The Evening Emerald

If it is often called the "evening emerald" due to its unique ability to sparkle under light.

Throughout medieval times, people continued to confuse these two green gems. They both have unique defining characteristics that differentiate them.

If you are looking for a special gift for someone born in the month of August, whether you want jewels with Peridot or any other precious or Semi-Precious stones, discover a wide range of jewelry options available here at Almasati.

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