Peridot stone is the birthstone of August, a famous gemstone used in jewelry as earrings, rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets.

Peridot stone is the birthstone of August, a famous gemstone used in jewelry as earrings, rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets…

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Peridot stone is gem-quality olivine. It is a silicate mineral with the formula of (Mg, Fe)2SiO4. A magnesium-rich variety of olivine (forsterite). It s often use as peridot gemstone jewelry as earrings, rings, necklaces, pendant, bracelet…


Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron in the crystal structure.

So the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green. In rare cases, it may occur in a medium-dark toned, visually pure green with no secondary yellow hue or brown mask.


Olivine in general is a very abundant mineral, but gem quality is rather rare. This is due to the mineral’s chemical instability on the Earth’s surface. We usually find olivine as small grains. And tends to exist in a heavily weathered state, unsuitable for decorative use.

Large crystals of forsterite, the variety most often used to cut gems, are rare; as a result olivine is considered to be semi precious.

Peridot, from Mondulkiri, Cambodia


Peridot has a very long written history. Ancient papyri record the mining of these stones as early as 1500 BC. The main source in the ancient world was Topazo Island (now Zabargad or St. John’s Island) in the Egyptian Red Sea.

In Ancient times, stones were also used for carved talismans. Island habitants were forced to collect the gems due to the Pharaoh’s treasury. Another legend says that jealous watchers who had orders to put to death any trespassers guarded the entire island.

The story continues that the miners worked in the daytime as well as night. We can found the gems after nightfall due to their radiance. The miners would mark the spot at night for retrieval the following day.

Therefore, the largest cut is a 310 carat (62 g) specimen in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Gemological properties

  • Mineral: Olivine
  • Chemistry: (MgFe)2SiO4
  • Color: Yellowish green
  • Refractive index: 1.65 to 1.69
  • Birefringence: 0.035 to 0.038
  • Specific gravity: 3.34
  • Mohs hardness: 6.5 to 7

Peridot under microscope

Peridot birthstone

Peridot is the birthstone of August.

Peridot meaning and healing properties benefits

The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.

The gemstone is said to help a person follow his or her passion, to be true to your own heart and desires.
It is a stone that will help you move forward and release the past. If you desire to move forward, you must let go of all negativity of the past.

This is the stone to wear to improve your chances of making your dreams a reality.
It increases your willpower and makes you more aware of what you think about. As we all know our thoughts create our actions. It helps you take responsibility for your own life.

It is connected to the heart chakra.
This gemstone promotes increase. It is especially helpful for those who find it difficult to receive. It is said to help the wearer receive more naturally and gratefully. This would be a good stone for those of us who find it easy to give but difficult to accept favors or gifts from others.

Peridot birthstone of August promotes fame. This is a perfect stone for all who desire to be in the spot light of public attention. The stone symbolizes strength and energy as well. These are qualities any famous person will need.
Wearing a necklace with a stone is believed to make the wearer happy and optimistic. It was told this gemstone will dispel all kinds of jealousy and envy.

This gemstone is also rumored to keep nightmares away. In this case a stone must be kept on your nightstand. You do not want the gemstone in your bed at night, but as close to your bed as possible.


What does peridot symbolize?

The August birthstone symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the “evening emerald” for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.

Is peridot worth anything?

Peridot ranges in price from about $30 to $80 US per carat, for well cut gems in the 1 or 2 carat size, up to as much as $400 to $450 per carat for large fine gems of top color.

Who can wear peridot?

The stone is regarded as a gemstone for people born in the month of August and also the ones who belong to the zodiac sign of Libra. Many people offer the stone as gifts to the ones having 3rd and 16th wedding anniversaries.

Is peridot a lucky stone?

Given its color and energetic properties, the gem is often considered a stone for opening the heart, as well as for attracting abundance, family harmony and good luck. Found in abundance, It is quite affordable as compared to the somewhat similar in energetic properties emerald.

Are peridots rare?

The stone is a fairly common mineral that is found in several parts of the world, but big size top quality gem is rare.

What powers does peridot have?

Known as the stone of compassion, the gemstone is believed to bring good health, restful sleep and peace to relationships by balancing emotions and mind. This friendly bright green stone also has the uncanny ability to inspire eloquence and creativity; it also brings delight and good cheer.

Can you wear peridot jewelry every day?

The hardness and toughness of the stone makes it pretty safe to wear every day, although it is best suited for pendants and earrings where they won’t take a direct hit like a ring would. Wearing jewelry in rings is fine, you just should be more careful and cautious with them.

How strong is peridot?

The gemstone is a relatively soft stone, rating a 6.5 to 7 on the hardness scale, making it a little softer than amethyst or emerald. It should be spared rugged wearing if mounted in rings. The stone is also highly sensitive to rapid temperature changes.

How can you tell if a peridot is real?

Due to the gemstone’s molecular structure, almost every single stone is going to have inclusions or cracks. If it looks absolutely perfect then you’re dealing with a glass peridot imitation. If it has brown or yellow inclusions and small chips then it’s likely real.

What chakra is peridot?

The crystal carries a beautiful green energy that activates the heart chakra, located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment.

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