August Birthstone: The Peridot
The birthstone of August, best known for its lime-green colour, the peridot receives its envious colouration from the composition of the mineral olivine. This is unlike many other gems, whose colours come from impurities.
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It’s one of the few gemstones that comes in a single colour, too. However, peridot can vary in shade from yellow-green to olive to brown-green.
Peridot is both a day stone and a night stone, keeping its shining colour even under artificial lighting. For this reason, it is sometimes called the “Evening Emerald”.
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Peridot is the name given to gem-quality olivine, which is a mineral that forms deep in Earth’s mantle and is brought to the surface by volcanic activity.
Today, the San Carlos Apache Reservation in southeastern Arizona is responsible for the majority of the world’s peridot supply. The gem can also be found in China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Africa, and Pakistan.
For years, peridot beads and talismans were believed to offer protection, as well as promote love, happiness, and wealth.
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