We are excited to share with you a brief history of one of the most enchanting and vibrant gemstones - the peridot.
Peridot is the birthstone for August and is renowned for its striking lime-green color. This gemstone has a history that spans thousands of years and is deeply intertwined with various cultures and legends.
The name "peridot" is believed to have originated from the Arabic word "faridat," which means "gem." Peridot has been treasured since ancient times, with its first recorded mining in the island of Zabargad (now known as St. John's Island) in the Red Sea around 1500 BC. Ancient Egyptians held peridot in high esteem and referred to it as the "gem of the sun," associating its vibrant green color with the golden glow of the sun.
Peridot is also mentioned in the Bible as one of the stones adorning Aaron's breastplate. In ancient Rome, it was known as the "evening emerald" due to its brilliance under artificial light.
One of the most captivating tales associated with peridot involves its identification as the "emerald" gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. These "emeralds" were later discovered to be peridots, highlighting their historical significance and the occasional confusion with other green gemstones.
Peridot's appeal has continued through history, with notable figures like Cleopatra being drawn to its alluring hue. It is said that peridot was her favorite gemstone, and she adorned herself with it in various forms.
In modern times, peridot's bright and cheerful color has gained renewed popularity. It is often used in jewelry to add a vibrant touch to various designs, from earrings to pendants. Peridot is believed to possess properties of healing and protection, making it both beautiful and meaningful.
Whether admired for its historical significance or cherished for its vivid green charm, peridot is a gemstone that continues to captivate and inspire.
Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the history of the August birthstone - the peridot.
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