August’s Birthstone Peridot, and other dazzling green gemstones
Somehow, it’s August, and this week we’re looking at some of the most beautiful green gemstones, not least because August’s Birthstone is the magical Peridot. Read on to find out more about this unusual gemstone, and some of our favourite green gemstone jewellery, including magnificent emerald engagement rings, and jade jewellery.
The history of Peridot
Considered one of the world’s oldest gems, Peridot was discovered as early as 1500 B.C. Records indicate that the first stones were found on Topazo Island (now known as St. John’s) in the Egyptian Red Sea. Today, peridot is the national gem of Egypt.
It’s green colour is very unique
Known for its stunning green hues, Peridot is one of the only gemstones to be found in a single colour. Most stones can be found in a variety of different colours and can often range from light pink to blue, but Peridot is only green, albeit in different shades depending on the amount of iron contained in its crystal structure.
It has often been mistaken for Emerald
Throughout history Peridot has often been mistaken for Emerald. In fact, there is some evidence to suggest Cleopatra's royal jewels were in fact Peridot, and not Emerald, although it has never been concluded.
Peridot is mostly celebrated as August’s official Birthstone, but it’s unique and radiant colour makes it perfect for pendants or rings for any occasion.
Our favourite green gemstone Jewellery
Old Cut Diamond & Emerald Target Ring
An art-deco style emerald and diamond cluster ring featuring a central rub-over set old cut Diamond weighing approximately 0.40ct. The central stone is surrounded by a halo of calibre cut emeralds. The ornate platinum mount also features small diamond shoulders, with a triple reeded shank and all settings millegrain finished.
Emerald & Diamond Cluster Stud Earrings
A sophisticated pair of diamond stud earrings, the radiant circle of round brilliant cut diamonds give prominence to the central round emerald at the heart of each stud. Handcrafted in 18ct yellow gold, with a total diamond carat weight of 0.30cts.
Five Row Emerald Necklace
A beautiful emerald necklace, composed of graduating vivid emerald beads. This necklace has an 18ct yellow gold clasp with a safety catch and would make a perfect fashion accessory for everyday wear.
If you’re interested in visiting our showroom in the heart of Hatton Garden in London to see any of our emerald jewellery, including emerald engagement rings, bespoke jewellery, or if you are looking to sell your jewellery, simply book an appointment online, or give us a call on 0203 116 0069 and speak to one of our friendly, expert members of staff who can help guide you through any type of jewellery purchase. We are able to offer safe, in-person appointments, or virtual appointments with one of our expert team members if you’d like to stay at home.
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