Found in the hardened lava that has been carried up from the Earth’ mantle, peridot – the birthstone for August – is formed under extreme conditions. Its colourful spectrum spans from yellowish-green to a greenish-yellow caused by iron and magnesium within the crystal structure. Over the centuries, the majestic green gemstone has been confused with other gems like emerald and topaz. In fact, 200 carats of gemstones adorned to the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were once thought to be emeralds but are actually peridot stones. Also known as Chrysolite or Olivine, the gorgeous green peridot stone has been used for centuries inside beautiful jewellery designs. Its entrancing green hue looks beautiful in a wide range of precious metals including rose gold and yellow gold but looks particularly eye-catching when incorporated into 18ct white gold or platinum settings, giving jewellery designs an unmistakably modern finish.
Interesting facts about the peridot gemstone
Although born of fire here on Earth, peridot has also been found inside meteorites, making it one of the very few gemstones known to man that exists outside our solar system and the only one large enough to make into pieces of jewellery. Produced mainly in the United States, peridot is sourced from Arizona, however, the largest piece on record measured 311 carats and was found in Egypt. Amongst some of the green stone’s healing properties, peridot is believed to relieve jealousy and greed. It is therefore believed to help mend and improve relationships. Its association with the sun makes it a particularly fitting birthstone for the month of August since it is believed to be able to shine a light on negative emotions and lighten the spirit. It has also been worn for centuries to ward off anxiety.
Looking after your peridot jewellery
Looking after a favourite piece of peridot jewellery is just as important as wearing it. To keep the stone clean is to prolong its beauty and, therefore, ensure that it can be enjoyed for years to come. To do so, the best way to clean your peridot jewellery from Berry’s is to use warm soapy water. Always avoid cleaning your peridot jewellery in ultrasonic or steam cleaners. Instead, a soft cloth can be used to rub the surface of the stone and its precious metal setting to remove any stubborn build-up of dirt. You should also avoid wearing a piece of peridot jewellery when working in an environment that may subject it to sharp blows, knock, bumps or scratches.
Our favourite peridot jewellery designs
Whether choosing a piece of August birthstone jewellery for a loved one or purchasing a design purely for its beautiful green hue, peridot jewellery is a stone that can be enjoyed throughout all four seasons and accompanied by all styles of attire. Perfect for adding a touch of vibrancy to an outfit, the precious green stone can suit all occasions. For more information on our peridot jewellery designs, you can contact a member of staff here at Berry’s Jewellers today, but for now – here are two designs in particular that we’ve selected from our range to showcase in this August birthstone jewellery article today.
A timeless round brilliant-cut peridot stone sits at the centre of this breathtakingly beautiful creation from our Berry’s range of August birthstone jewellery. The precious green stone radiates tones of rich yellowy-green, enhanced by the lustre of its setting. The striking peridot pendant has been crafted from 18ct white gold – its surface of which has undergone an immaculate polishing technique to enhance the richness of the gemstone and its accompanying diamonds. The round brilliant-cut peridot stone is held inside a classic four claw setting and surrounded by a captivating diamond halo formation. This structure of light formed around the green stone is achieved through small round brilliant-cut diamonds, surrounded in a smooth rub over setting. The peridot and diamond pendant hangs effortlessly from a glistening diamond-set bale which connects the centrepiece to a chain crafted from matching 18ct white gold. The width of the pendant measures 11mm, while the length of the white gold trace chain measures 40cm, securing with a classic lobster-style clasp. The peridot centrepiece in this beautiful gemstone diamond pendant weighs 1.40 carats while the chosen diamonds amount to a total weight of 0.18 carats. Thanks to its beautiful round shape, this gemstone pendant balances colour and texture perfectly to offer a design that can be enjoyed at every opportunity.
Imbued with Art Déco-inspired undertones, this beautiful peridot and diamond pendant defies conformity with its unique shape and magnificent diamond structure. The pendant features a striking square-cut peridot gemstone at the centre, nestled inside a contemporary rub-over setting. finished with a beautifully detailed millgrain setting. The combination of the rub over setting and this textured finish balances contemporary elements with traditional finishes. The square-cut peridot centrepiece is surrounded by a halo of round brilliant-cut diamonds. The square-shaped frame is positioned at an angle to hang in a diamond shape. The Art Deco-inspired piece of peridot jewellery is crafted from polished 18ct white gold and attaches to a polished bale, connecting the pendant to a delicate white gold Spiga chain. The chain is also adjustable and can be worn at a shorter length of 40cm or a longer length of 45cm. The green gemstone featured in this design weighs a staggering 3.46 carats and the round brilliant-cut diamonds amount to a weight of 0.26 carats.
Perfect for all occasions but particularly memorable as gift ideas for an August birthday – these white gold peridot pendants are equally as timeless as they are attention-grabbing. In each design, the gemstone’s alluring greeny-yellow hue combines effortlessly with the lustre of its white gold setting, making each piece a timeless addition to any growing jewellery collection.