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Peridot: August Birthstone

Peridot is the birthstone of August. It symbolizes strength. Peridot is known as an “extreme gem” born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. 

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Peridot is one of the few gemstones that forms in only one color though it comes in many shades: bright yellow-green, lime or pure green, to deep olive or brownish-green; the most valued being a dark olive-green. Beautifully faceted, it evokes the lateness of summer and the onset of fall, as leaves morph from green to gold and hang like jewels in the sunlight. It is a crystal of warmth and well-being, mentally stimulating and physically regenerating. It carries the gift of inner radiance, sharpening the mind and opening it to new levels of awareness and growth, helping one to recognize and realize one’s destiny and spiritual purpose. 

Peridot is the gem form of Olivine, a magnesium iron silicate mineral of the forsterite-fayalite family, with the amount of iron being responsible for the color. While Olivine is an abundant mineral, gem-quality Peridot is rather rare, especially in larger stones.

Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery carries every birthstone in jewelry form. Peridot is one of our favorites due to it’s dazzling radiance. Shop on our website or stop by our store on the Pearl Street Mall to see these and more pieces in person.

Peridot earrings by Brenda Neely

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