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What is the August Birthstone?

Peridot is the modern birthstone for the month of August. Also known as the “sun gem,” this semi-precious stone has the chemical formula, (Mg,Fe)2 SiO4. Peridot is primarily made up of olivine, magnesium, and iron. The amount of iron present in peridot gives it its unique color and luster. 

Peridot Twist Rope Split Shank Ring Angara
Find this Ring at AngaraThe yellow gold perfectly complements the light green peridot in this split shank rope-style ring.

Peridot is also called the “evening emerald” because of its unique capacity to sparkle under natural or artificial light. However, it should not be confused with emerald because peridot has its own distinct characteristics setting it apart from other gemstones.

Bar-Set Solitaire Round Peridot Bypass Ring Angara
Find this Ring at AngaraA bypass ring is a perfect style to showcase the sparkle of high-quality peridot.

Peridot has been found in fallen meteorites and in volcanic lava, adding to its mystic allure and power. Peridot found in fallen meteorites known as Pallasite Meteorites are often too small to be used in jewelry, but larger stones commonly found in the earth’s upper mantle and brought to the surface by lava are large and preferred by jewelers.

What is the August Birthstone Color?

Peridot is predominantly natural light green in color, but yellow stones have also been found. The color intensity of peridot depends on the amount of iron ore present in the stone.  The more iron present, the more distinct the gem and the more valuable it is. 

14K Yellow Gold Elongated Peridot Halo Ring James Allen
Find this Ring at James AllenA diamond halo is a striking complement to the mossy-colored peridot.

What is the August Birthstone Meaning?

Peridot’s bright green color is synonymous with good health, peace and harmony. It is popularly known as the gem of compassion – a stone that makes all things new.  Wear peridot for restful sleep. This stone can help you calm down if you are prone to anger. Peridots are also said to cure depression. 

If you are celebrating your 15th wedding anniversary, Peridot is the stone for you and your loved one to commemorate this milestone.

18K Yellow Gold East-West Oval Peridot and Diamond Ring James Allen
Find this Ring at James AllenEast-west rings are on-trend, and this stackable peridot and diamond ring goes with everything!

Where Does Peridot Come From?

First found in Egypt, Peridot is the national gem for Egypt. It is believed to have adorned Queen Cleopatra VII, the great and last queen of Egypt from 51-30BC.  

Found also in Hawaii, peridot is a big part of the Hawaiian people’s culture. They believe Peridot to be the tears of the volcanic goddess, Pele. 

The Vietnamese peridot discovered in the 1990s is very popular with jewelers for its varied shades of green, while Myanmar is home to the large Burmese peridot loved for its large cuts and rich color.

Other Peridots come from the United States of America and China. The Hubei peridot, found in the Hubei Province of China, boasts mesmerizing yellow undertones. The Chinghai peridot, which occurs in brightly colored green, is highly valued and makes beautiful jewelry on its own or in combination with other gemstones used in jewelry making.  

Is Peridot Durable?

Peridot is a durable and pretty hard gem, measuring between 6.5- 7 on the Mohs scale. It has a refractive index of 1.65-1.69, making it suitable for a variety of jewelry pieces, from rings to earrings, bracelets, and pendants.

Peridot and Diamond Halo Ring in 18k White Gold Bue Nile
Find this Ring at Blue NilePeridots can also be used as the center stone for engagement rings.

Where Can I Buy Peridot Jewelry?

Peridot can be bought from a variety of established brick-and-mortar jewelry stores, and more online retailers are starting to carry them. Check out James Allen, Blue Nile, CustomMade, and Angara.com as these are a few of our favorites.

Frequently Asked Questions About Peridot

What is peridot?

Peridot is a semi-precious gemstone primarily made up of olivine, magnesium, and iron. The amount of iron present in peridot gives it its unique color and luster. Peridot is the modern birthstone for August.

How do you pronounce peridot?

The word Peridot has French origins, and many people do not pronounce the ‘T’. They might say “Pear-eh-doe” (French) or “Pear-eh-dot” (American). Some say “Peh-ruh-dot” (British).

How much is peridot worth?

Peridot’s price and value is determined by color saturation, hue, and size. The very smallest stones (between 0.5 and 1 ct) may cost $5-$25 per carat; stones between 1-3 carats may cost $25-$100 per carat, and stones larger than 3 carats can cost upwards of $500 a carat.