If you are a lucky August born baby then you probably know and love the gemstone peridot! If you are greened eyed and a redhead you definitely look fabulous in peridot jewelry. What I love about peridot is the color. Yes it is green obviously, but the color of green that it is shows off. Did you know the history and folklore behind peridot?
"Peridot has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems on donkey hair and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits. Most peridot formed deep inside the earth and was delivered to the surface by volcanoes. Some also came to earth in meteorites, but this extraterrestrial peridot is extremely rare, and not likely to be seen in a retail jewelry store. But wouldn't that be awesome to have?!
Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot. People in medieval times continued to confuse peridot with emerald. For centuries, people believed the fabulous 200-ct. gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. They are, in fact, peridots." (Sourced from the GIA)
All of us at RudyBlu love this stone also. We make several pieces out of it and it is one of our best sellers. If you are an August birthday the you should treat yourself to some peridot fabulousness!!!
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