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Peridot: A Stone of Summer

Originally posted on August 11th, 2017

Updated on April 10th, 2020

   

August is a warm and beautiful time of the year. We can still cherish the remaining summer, savor the longer days, and take delight in a bright color palette. Peridot's bright yellowish-green is part of that palette, according to Pantone. Pantone, the authority on color, decided that the color of 2017 is a color similar to Peridot called Greenery. Our new Peridot & Diamond Graduating Bezel Earrings would match Greenery perfectly, wouldn't you agree?

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Greenery won for its soothing and yet revitalizing color. Peridot is often associated with Greenery's properties since the second millennium BC. Peridot symbolizes strength and it was believed to protect wearers from evil, ensuring peace and happiness. Explicitly, when set in gold, Peridot defended against nightmares. If you know someone who is a light sleeper or has a hard time falling asleep, maybe Peridot would be an ideal gift. A simple amulet, like Beaded Peridot Pendant, would be an excellent choice.

For thousands of years the gem Peridot, cherished for its clarity and vibrant, golden-green color. In the Middle Ages, people brought back peridot crystals to adorn church plates and robes. At the time, Peridot was called Chrysolite, and it was considered an extremely rare gemstone. Excellent examples went to the Chapel of the Three Kings in Cologne, Germany. At first, the stones were thought to be emeralds but turned out to be peridot gemstones, some of them measuring an inch.


Peridots are called "evening emeralds" because of the vibrant green color and that it looks beautiful from dawn to dusk. As a gemologist, I cannot use that term. The term "evening emerald" is a misnomer, and I could get into trouble for calling Peridot an evening emerald. So I'm just going to call it Peridot.


Come to think of it, how the name "peridot" is an enigma. Some scholars believe that the name derives from the Arabic faridat, meaning "gem." Others think that it originated from the Greek word for "giving plenty" or "to give richness" peridona. We can all agree that its gorgeous, either way. I'm happy to say that I have a real-life example to show all you lovely readers today.


            

Here I am with my peridot studs, which belonged to my grandmother, who was also born in August. These have become my go-to earrings for work and everything else. If you desire peridot studs of your own, we have them! You can choose between our Round Peridot Stud Earrings or our 14K Gold Bezel Peridot Stud Earrings. Whatever you decide on will be a classy choice.

I have to get going, everybody. I'll come by next week and get into more detail about Peridot. I have so much to tell all of you. As a gemologist, I could go on, but I know all you amazing people out there have busy lives. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you soon.