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The Sun’s Gem

The tropical, olive-green of August’s birthstone, the peridot, is the perfect center stone to end-of-summer fashion. With hues that deepen in evening light and brighten in the summer sun, the peridot is a hardy, versatile gem that pairs perfectly with a verdant summer harvest and transitions splendidly into the subtle earthtones of fall. These stones, sometimes called “evening emeralds” for the way they deepen in color, have been featured in fashion for centuries. Claimed to be Cleopatra’s favorite gem and the national gem of Eygpt, the “gem of the sun” has been used in jewelry from the religious artifacts of the Middle Ages to Hawaiian traditional wear, where it symbolizes the tears of the volcano fire goddess Pele who controls the flow of lava.

Peridot has historically been found on the Red Sea volcanic island of Topazios (now Zarbargad or St. John). It was mined there for 3500 years but remained untouched for many centuries until its rediscovery in 1900. Now, most of the world’s supply of peridot comes from the San Carlos reservation in Arizona, but other deposits appear in Burma, Austraila, Brazil, China, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, and Norway. On rare occasion, Peridot has been found inside grounded meteorits.

Why We Love Them?

While these stones are prone to crack when cutting, a set stone is a hardy and robust gem, perfect for everyday, or even vacation-wear. The variance in shade, from yellowish-green to olive to brownish-green (a result of the amount of iron in the stone) pairs well with both white and yellow gold. Peridot is thought to have healing properties, and to ward against nightmares and evil. Wearers are assured to have prosperity and good luck. Here’s to ringing in the harvest with a little luck on your side!

For loose stone options, and an even wider selection of tanzanite and zircon jewelry visit us on the 16h Street Mall in Denver, call us at 303.592.1695, or email us at jewelers@williamcrow.com.

Suite Dreams

Keep your nightmares at bay with this suite of peridot, diamond-halo earrings and pendant. Stunning, vibrant green, these peridots keep with tradition and offer you restful sleep, classic elegance, and prosperity. 

 

Silver and Gold

Peridot loves earthtones and pairs perfectly with either white or yellow gold. Both of these rings are perfect pieces for ringing in the summer time and dreaming of next years spring, as well as gearing up for fall and the holiday season. 

A Cut of Luck

From a checkerboard trillion cut to a round brillant cut, peridots take to most any cut. The stone’s signature green color comes from the composition of the mineral itself—rather than from trace impurities, as with many gems.