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An August birthstone peridot rests on a light blue background.

August Birthstone: The Peridot

The color green is also the color of the August birthstone. Many cultures often link green with nature and renewal. This is why the color green is associated with healing and protection. The peridot – a gemstone ranging from pale to lush green – is also associated with August birthdays. That means that, if you or someone in your life has an August birthday, peridot jewelry makes for a thoughtful gift.

All About the August Birthstone

The August birthstone is a gorgeous, brilliant gemstone that will capture your imagination. Legend has it that the peridot gemstone wards off bad dreams. These August gemstones have long been cherished for their healing properties as well.
COLOR: Yellowish grass-green to darker olive-green. Peridot can also have brown or bright lime tones. Some say the intensity of the green color depends on the amount of iron in the gem.
DURABILITY: Fair to good toughness. Good for everyday wear.
 

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History of the Birthstone for August

Peridot lore is nearly as rich as its vibrant green color. The gem is believed to have been a gift to the earth from mother nature herself. Besides being associated with robust health, this gem is also known for peace, luck, success, and strength. Some say it can even drive off fear and evil. Lore has it that pirates used peridot to aid them on treasure hunts. Many in history often mistook peridot for an emerald. Ancient Romans called this stone "Evening Emerald" because they thought it could glow in the moonlight.

What do People Associate With Peridot?

Why is the birthstone of August known for renewal and healing? Some say it relates to how the gem is formed in the deeper layers of the Earth and only surfaces from volcanic eruptions. If peridot can survive that, imagine what it can help you live through? Sleep soundly knowing that your peridot jewelry is as beautiful as you are! August birthstone jewelry is a flattering choice for yourself and for loved ones. Maybe you want a gemstone that shows off your love of green. Or, maybe you just want to celebrate an August birthday. Either way, peridot birthstone jewelry makes a great choice.


August Birthstone Jewelry Care

Each gemstone rates somewhere on the Mohs hardness scale. Jewelers use this scale to determine how resistant to impact and heat and robust a stone is. The August birthstone rates at a 6.5 - 7 on the scale. That means it has fair to good toughness, so wearers should use some care when donning peridot jewelry.

Is Peridot Jewelry Safe for Normal Wear?

Intense impacts can cause scratching of your peridot jewelry. While a relatively durable stone, peridot jewelry is not ideal for wearing all the time. While wearing it, avoid harsh household cleaners. Earrings and pendants are two of the perfect ways to wear peridot. These jewelry settings offer great protection for the gem that is believed to offer protection to its wearer. Be careful how you handle peridot rings or bracelets. If handled too roughly, this gem can break or split.

How to Clean Peridot Jewelry

Clean this beautiful green jewelry with a soft cloth, warm water and mild soap. Do not use ultrasonic or steam cleaners. Speak to a KAY associate if you are unsure and take advantage of KAY's free jewelry cleaning services.

How to Store Peridot Jewelry

Store your peridot jewelry away from harder stones like diamonds or wrap it in a soft cloth to prevent any scratches.

Shop the August Birthstone Today

KAY has many gorgeous peridot jewelry styles, from rings and charms to necklaces and earrings. You can browse our selection of August gemstone jewelry online or in-store at a KAY near you.

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