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August’s Evening Emerald

by Henry Elfering |

Sometimes known as the “Evening Emerald” because its sparkling green hue looks brilliant any time of day; Peridot, the birthstone for August, is one of the oldest known gemstones.

It is interesting to note that the Peridot is one of the few gems that come in only one color. It’s tint can very due to its iron content with its exact coloring varying between a yellowish to a perfectly olive green color. The most valuable color variant of Peridot, however, is a dark olive green.

Often mistaken for Emeralds during the Crusades, Peridot is really an under-appreciated gem that is actually quite stunning and can even be seen as part of the Russian crown jewels. I paired a natural Blue Zircon with a Peridot in my Crane earring to compliment the lush green stone. This is a gem with its rich history that will undoubtedly make it a conversational piece in your jewelry collection. So even if your birthstone is not Peridot, you just might want to consider adding it to your jewelry box.

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