Birthstone for August: Peridot

The birthstone for August is peridot. Moreover, it is known for its alluring green colour and vibrant lily pad inclusions. peridot, chrysolite (from the Greek gold stone) and olivine are the three names attributed to the gem. In addition, olivine is the mineral where the peridot specimen originates.

The August 2021 Jewellery Auction

Fellows Auctioneers’ 26th August Jewellery sale features an appealing range of jewellery, so it is suited for a variety of occasions. As a result, pretty period pieces, innovative contemporary styles and designer jewellery from the likes of Cartier, Chopard, and Tiffany & Co. complement this hugely diverse sale.

Highlight items containing the gem include:

pendant chain

Lot 1

An early 20th century 9ct gold peridot, seed pearl and white enamel pendant, with chain.

Estimate: £150 – £200

peridot fly pin

Lot 229

A fly stick pin.

Estimate: £120 – £180

theo fennell earrings

Lot 351

A pair of 18ct gold stud earrings, by Theo Fennell.

Estimate: £120 – £180

diamond dress ring

Lot 395

A peridot and vari-cut diamond dress ring.

Ring Size: O

Estimate: £500 – £700

Peridot History

One of the few stones that comes in the colour green, the gem has a long history and contains beautiful yellowish hues. It was initially mined by Ancient Egyptians in the volcanic Red Sea island of Topazios. Nicknamed the “gem of the sun”, so the Ancient Egyptians believed peridot was a protector from night terrors.

The stone is sometimes given to celebrate the 16th year of marriage. Moreover, those born under the star sign of Leo are often seen sporting the gemstone.

Some of the earliest peridot examples date back billions of years, albeit ancient peridot is unlikely to be used in jewellery.

The stone has throughout history been confused with emeralds – in the famous tomb of the Biblical Magi in Cologne, Germany, otherwise known as the shrine of the three holy kings, there is a very large 200ct peridot which was originally believed to be an emerald.

The stone also became the favourite of King Edward VII.


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