August Birthstone: Peridot

Mined by Ancient Egyptians as early as 1500 BC, the brightly-hued peridot is most often formed deep in the earth before being drawn to the surface by volcanoes. Ancient Romans often referred to the gemstone as the “evening emerald” because of its vivid green hues, making it look like a deep green emerald under their lamplight.

Photo credit: James St. John via VisualHunt / CC BY

For hundreds of years, the most famous source of the peridot stone was St. John’s Island (also known as Zabargad), off the coast of Egypt. Those St. John’s stones are hard to find these days, but that legendary island is not the only place the luminous green gem appears.

These days, your beautiful, brilliant green stone is more likely to have originated in olivine deposits in Arizona, Hawaii, Pakistan, Burma, Australia, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, China or Norway.

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Peridot is believed to warn off nightmares, evil spirits and anxiety. Photo credit: Kimmunism via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Spiritually, the tiniest piece of this gemstone is said to protect its wearer from nightmares, evil spirits and anxiety, and to promote confidence, power and good health. In Hawaii, the green stones were believed to be the tears of the Goddess Pele, mother of volcanoes and fire.

 

 

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Close up of the peridot parure.

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Archduchess Isabella (née Princess of Croy) wore the royal peridot parure in 1916.

The royals have always loved their peridot; from Cleopatra to Edward VII and, these days, the Duchess of Cambridge, these gorgeous green gemstones make frequent appearances in past and present royal collections.

Below are some examples of genuine peridot pieces of jewellery that can be discovered inside your Bounty Candle this month!

Remember, you won’t find any synthetics or fakes inside our candles <3

Are you an August baby? Do you love peridot? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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