August is one of the few months with three birthstones which are peridot, spinel, and sardonyx. Each gemstone is beautiful and prized for its unique colors, characteristics, and cultural significance. In this blog post, we cover everything you need to know about purchasing and owning the two birthstones we carry in our store - peridot and spinel.
Peridot is August’s primary birthstone and is commonly recognized for its beautiful lime green glow. Peridot forms deep in the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. In fact, Hawaiians once believed that peridot was the tears of Pele the volcano goddess. It is also occasionally found inside meteorites.
Peridot gets its color from its composition rather than from trace impurities like many other gemstones. This is why peridot only comes in one color though the shades of peridot vary from yellow-green to brown-green.
Over the centuries peridot has often been mistaken for emerald, and it’s theorized that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection was actually peridot.
Peridot is known as the stone of compassion. It is believed to bring good health and peace to relationships by balancing the intellectual and emotional sides. It is said to calm anger, attract love, and bring renewal to all things.
The color green is associated with nature, and lime green sits right between yellow and green on the color wheel giving the effect of both colors. Lime green hues promote creativity, freshness, positivity, and growth.
The highest quality peridot gemstones have a deep color and excellent transparency. With a hardness of 6.5 - 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale peridot is softer than other gemstones and won’t stand up to hard wear. A ring set with peridot should be worn with care and is not recommended for everyday wear. That being said, peridot looks stunning in all settings including rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.
Spinel has recently become a popular gemstone mainly as an alternative to ruby or pink sapphires. In fact, spinel was mistaken for ruby for centuries. Some of history’s most famous rubies have turned out to be spinel including the red spinel found in Great Britain’s Imperial State Crown.
Although red is currently the most popular color of spinel it comes in a wide variety of colors including blue, green, purple, orange, pink, and grey.
Spinel is believed to inspired passion, longevity, and devotion. It is also said to have a positive effect on mental stamina and reduces forgetfulness.
Because of the wide variety of colors of spinel, there is a range of color energy available to choose from. Red is the color of passion, anger, power, and love. Blue, another popular color of spinel, provides a healing and soothing energy.
High-quality stones should have no visible inclusions, and the number and size of inclusions are an important part of determining the value of a spinel gemstone. Spinel is an 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale which makes it an ideal gemstone to be used in all settings and looks stunning set in rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.
August birthdays are fortunate to have three gemstones to choose from, and with spinel coming in so many colors there are a plethora of choices available. At Park City Jewelers, we have a wide variety of absolutely gorgeous peridot and spinel jewelry. Shop online or in-store today to find the perfect piece you’ve been dreaming of. Don’t forget that one of our full-time jewelers is ready and available to make you a custom piece of jewelry that will be cherished for generations.
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