Shop the Look: Solid Gold Ombre Birthstone Ring in Peridot
This just in: peridot isn't just for August babies. This unique gemstone ranges from super bright to subtle light green, creating the most wearable pop of color. Read on for the history and meaning behind August's birthstone, plus the official answer to the question that has mystified the LE staff for years: how do you pronounce peridot?
What is Peridot?
Peridot is a mineral, and its bright green color comes directly from the chemical composition of the stone. Most peridot is formed deep inside the earth and comes to the surface via volcanoes. In some exceptionally rare cases, peridot is delivered to earth in meteorites! However, this variety will more likely be in a science lab or museum than a jewelry store.
How Do You Pronounce Peridot?
The million dollar question: what's the official pronunciation of peridot? There are two pronunciations that are both technically correct: pair-uh-dot and pair-uh-doh. The origin of the word peridot comes from the old French word peritot meaning unclear since raw peridot tends to have inclusions and a milky color. Peridot is also referred to as olivine and chrysolite.
The History of Peridot
Peridot has been around for thousands of years and was one of the most popular gemstones in ancient Egypt (it's also Egypt's national gem!). There are whispers among historians that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot. For centuries, it was believed that the gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds when they are in fact, peridots.
The Meaning Behind Peridot
Peridot was called "the gem of the sun" by the Egyptians, and this super bright gem is a symbol of positive energy, happiness, and creativity. Drawing upon its link to the sun and the summer month of August, peridot is known as a bringer of light and good vibes.