BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH

August Birthstone: Peridot

Cara Pfeiffer, Store Manager, Designer, Diamond Buyer

1 August 2017

Peridot is the birthstone for August and is the gem variety of the mineral olivine. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, and iron is the cause of its attractive yellowish green colors. The gem often occurs in volcanic rocks called basalts, which are rich in these two elements.

Peridot is the birthstone for August

Rarely, peridot can have an extraterrestrial source, being contained in meteorites that have fallen to earth.

The color range for peridot is narrow, from a brown-green color to yellowish green to pure green. Yellowish green is the most common peridot color seen in jewelry. Is this your beautiful birthstone?