Peridot: The Gem of the Sun
As the summer sun mellows across the great plains, everything from the leafy trees to the lush green grass shimmers with brilliance. These incredible hues glow throughout the day and deep into sunset… Which is fitting, considering that the birthstone of August is the peridot, a lustrous green gem.
The word "peridot" is French, derived from the Arabic word "faridat", which means "gem". Unlike many precious stones, peridots are formed deep within the earth's crust by magma. However, some peridots literally (and fittingly) fell from the heavens in the form of meteorites millions of years ago.
For over 3,500 years the magnificent peridot has been a fascinating part of human history. The ancient Egyptians hailed peridot as the "gem of the sun". They thought the stone absorbed the sun's rays during the day and then released them at night, giving off radiant light in the dark. While this is not true, the stone was still said to protect people from the "terrors of the night", especially when set in gold. The Hawaiians thought the green stones were tears of Hele, goddess of fire and volcanoes. Additionally, to the ancient Romans it was the "evening emerald" because the gem's vibrant tones did not darken by candlelight.
Despite their characteristic color, peridot jewels have often been mistaken for emeralds. At Cologne Cathedral, the Shrine of the Three Kings was adorned by 5 colossal peridots, each weighing more than 200 carats. For years, people assumed they were emeralds. Some believe that Cleopatra's famous emerald collection may have actually been peridots as well.
Whatever you believe about these magnificent stones, they are certainly stunning and singular in their beauty. We also honor the gem's unique past whenever we wear our special peridot jewelry. If you don't own a distinctive peridot piece, there's no better time to add one to your collection. This would be especially true if you have an August birthday or know of someone who does. When you visit Williams Jewelers, you'll have a variety of absolutely gorgeous choices. Not only do we have a striking selection of peridot jewelry , but also exquisite loose colored stones and spectacular bridal pieces.
As August comes to a close, the peridot reminds us of summer's promise fulfilled and the sun's dazzling gifts. This is especially true in beautiful Colorado, which Williams has been proud to call home for over 70 years. We cherish every inch of mile-high magic this state has to offer, from the golden plains to the soaring mountains. With 300 days of sunshine every year, Colorado is a fitting place for the peridot. So, come in and explore our prized collection… At Williams Jewelers, Where Colorado Shines™.