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    August's birthstone is an eye-catching one

    Peridot — August's birthstone — was known by the Egyptians as the "gem of the sun." Valued throughout history for its distinctive grass green color, it was sometimes confused with emeralds.

    The peridot’s beautiful and bright green color is synonymous with the lushness of spring. Think growth, vibrancy, nature.

    Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot. And for centuries, people believed that the fabulous 200ct gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds, rather than the peridots they are.

    Peridot's color ranges from pure green to yellowish green to greenish yellow, with pure green peridot considered the finest.The stunning specimens seen here are from Jilin Province in northeastern China and are remarkable for their bright color and clarity. 

    The peridot’s mesmerizing green color is synonymous with nature’s beauty and the lushness of spring. Think growth and vibrancy.

    Visit us in store to see some of our beautiful peridot jewellery pieces in person!

    August birthstone Peridot in a beautiful ring by Pomellato at Orsini
    Orsini Stunning August Birthstone Peridot Green

    Peridot gemstone jewellery has graced the red carpet on celebrities many times, here's Helen Mirren and Daisy Ridley showcasing the beautiful green gemstone. 

    The differences between peridot and emerald are:
    • Color: Peridot has a bright, lime-green colour, while emerald has a deeper, richer green hue.
    • Clarity: Peridot is typically more transparent than emerald. Emeralds often have inclusions or internal fractures due to its formation process. Peridot are clear, and beautiful!
    • Chemical composition: Emeralds contain beryllium, while peridots contain iron.
    • Rarity: Emeralds are rarer, costlier, and harder than Peridots. (Harder in this circumstance is directly proportional to price, as gemstones being harder means that they are less likely to break or chip.)
    • Luster: This is the light reflecting quality. Both have a lovely luster, but peridot can also have a greasy luster. Which sounds like a bad thing, but having a slightly oily look is perfectly fine with me. When it comes to gemstones, rather than my hair.