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Passionate about Precious, Pretty Peridot?

August’s birthstone is peridot, a gemstone many describe as magical… in more ways than one.   How much do you know about this enchanting gem?  If you or someone close to you has a birthday in August, you might find the ancient lore about peridot irresistible.

P heart trinityEmeralds are not the only gorgeous green gems for Irish jewelry.  Peridot is a stunning spring green stone with a hint of gold tones, and it is the birthstone for the month of August.  We talk about Ireland having forty shades of green, and peridot is part of that sumptuous spectrum.

Peridot is a luminous, light spring green.  It has roots that reach back through time to ancient eras.  The Egyptians treasured it centuries before Christ, and the Romans called it the ‘emerald of the evening’.  Both societies placed a high value on this radiant green gem, and it became popular in Europe in Medieval times.

by US Geological Survey
by US Geological Survey

Peridot is associated with volcanos because it develops deep below the earth and is expelled to the surface by volcanic eruptions.  Peridot was in short supply for a period, and it fell off the general public’s fashion radar.  Eventually new sources were discovered, and this vibrant jewel re-claimed its rightful place among other stunning stones.

More than Merely Beautiful

by Kevin Walsh
by Kevin Walsh

This golden green gem radiates a sense of luxury and prosperity.  It shines with a gleam that we subconsciously associate with good health and well-being.  Given how vibrant and lively the color and shine of peridot is, it isn’t really a big surprise that it became associated with magic and supernatural power.  It does have an unearthly and compelling beauty!

P claddaghPeridot has been credited with magical power to ward off nightmares and promote healing.  That’s handy considering that you might want to wear it for an elegant night out on the town.  What’s more appealing than some fabulous jewelry that will help you wake up refreshed the next day?  Many also believe that peridot gives the wearer influence and power.  We can’t guarantee that wearing some pretty peridot will make you healthier and more successful, but we’re reasonably sure that you’ll turn some heads.  You will definitely be enchanting.  Don’t be surprised if you do influence others to wear some peridot jewelry too!

P claddagh pendantIf you have an August birthday, peridot is for you.  It looks stunning gleaming in the summer sun, and it shines just as brightly through the rest of the year.  Peridot with its glorious green gold radiance is the perfect gem for Irish jewelry designs.  And Irish culture has never shied away from a bit of magic.  If you are looking for a luxurious present for the lady in your life, a Claddagh birthstone necklace is a gorgeous choice, especially if she was born in August.  To tell the truth, women born in other months are equally impressed with the stunning beauty of peridot.  Once you see this precious gem, it is hard not to fall under its spell.

 

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