Peridot is the dazzling modern birthstone for August. When the United States' National Association of Jewelers came together in 1912 to choose modern alternatives for birthstones, they were looking for transparent stones. The thought was that transparent stones would look better paired together. August's traditional birthstone was the opaque sardonyx, so they needed something different. They chose the sunny peridot, a perfect choice for summer August babies.

Peridot is a gem-quality variety of olivine, a mineral that makes up a large portion of the Earth's crust. Unlike some other stones, all peridots are the same color: a vivid, light green. The coloring comes from traces of iron. The quality of the green will vary; some stones are more yellow, some nearly brown. But the vibrant green color is definitely eye-catching.

In ancient Egypt, peridot was abundant on the island of Zabargad. Ancient Egyptians called the peridot the "gem of the sun," because its bright, cheery green was reminiscent of sunshine. They also connected peridots with Isis, due to the stone's connections to youth, liveliness, and growth. Other cultures had similar connections -- green is traditionally considered a very lively color. Green is also connected with wealth, and it was believed that peridot could attract wealth to the wearer.

The Hawaiian mythos surrounding peridot is slightly different. Peridot can be found in volcanic rock; there's even a green sand beach in Hawaii made up of tiny peridots. Because of this connection, it was thought that peridots were the tears of the volcano goddess Pele.

Peridot can be found in many places around the world. Zabargad still produces top quality stones. Peridot can also be found in many other areas, Norway, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Australia, and Kenya among them. Peridots are as close as Arizona and as far flung as Antarctica. Some peridots come from even further away -- some peridots come from space! Extraterrestrial peridot is stone retrieved from meteorites. These peridots were formed in stars millions of miles away, eons ago, and landed on our own lovely planet!

The Pendant

This lovely necklace from our estate jewelry collection is a feast for the eyes! Pendant is perhaps not the correct term, as this is not a removable piece separate from the chain. But the feature definitely catches your eye far more than the chain! Not to say that the chain -- 14K yellow gold, double chain -- isn't lovely. It's just that the drop is dazzlingly beautiful.

The drop starts with two small flowers shaped in gold. Each flower features a small diamond accent stone. Each flower then connects to a marquise cut citrine. The two citrines then join to a central, large, emerald cut aquamarine. From the aquamarine hangs an emerald cut peridot, then a marquise cut aquamarine, another emerald cut peridot, and finally an emerald cut aquamarine.

The necklace is certainly a showstopper. The pendant measures approximately 2.5 inches long, and the stones are vivid in color. The vibrant yellow, blue, and green of the three gemstones is stunning. It's a cheery, sunshiny piece perfect for summer. It's sure to catch any eye.

Malak Jewelers has an extensive collection of estate jewelry for sale. Come check out our vintage and pre-loved pieces. You might just find your next heirloom!

Malak Jewelers is Charlotte, North Carolina’s premier direct diamond importer, supplier of loose diamonds, and custom design jewelry. When you buy from Malak you receive 100 Day Price Protection and a Lifetime Upgrade Promise. Be sure to check out our wide variety of diamond engagement rings both in our online catalogue and at our store in Charlotte, North Carolina's Arboretum Shopping Center.