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Peridot-August birthstone


Peridot: The Gem of August

If you are looking for a unique and beautiful gift for someone born in August, you might want to consider peridot. Peridot is a green gemstone that has been prized for centuries for its vibrant color and sparkle. Peridot is also the traditional birthstone for August, as well as the zodiac sign of Leo.

Peridot is a variety of olivine, a mineral that forms in the Earth’s mantle and sometimes gets brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions. Peridot can range from yellow-green to olive-green to brownish-green, depending on the amount of iron in its crystal structure. The most desirable color is a pure grass green with no hints of yellow or brown. It has been prized by many cultures including the Egyptians, who mined it and called it the ‘the gem of the sun’. The gem is often found set in both silver and gold jewellery, including pendants, earrings and bracelets.

Peridot has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, which means it is durable enough for everyday wear, but it should be protected from scratches and impacts. Peridot can also be sensitive to heat and acids, so it should be cleaned with mild soap and water and kept away from harsh chemicals. Peridot can be cut into various shapes and sizes, but it often displays a double refraction effect, which means that the facets appear doubled when viewed from certain angles.

Peridot is believed to have many positive properties, such as bringing happiness, prosperity, peace, and protection to its wearer. It is also said to enhance creativity, confidence, and self-expression. Peridot is a gem that celebrates the joy of life and the beauty of nature.

If you want to surprise your loved one with a peridot jewellery piece, you can find many options online or at your local jeweller. Peridot looks stunning in silver, gold, or platinum settings, and it can be paired with other gems such as diamonds, pearls, or turquoise. Peridot is a gem that will make any August-born person feel special and appreciated.

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