August: Extraterrestrial... Gemstones?

Would you believe us if we told you that Peridot (August’s birthstone) can come from space? Green like the little men some believe are out there, this stone can hitch rides on meteorites and make their way to Earth! But, they are most commonly found deep in the Earth’s mantle and brought to the surface through volcanoes. Extraterrestrial Peridot can be as old as 4.5 BILLION years. You will only find these in the Smithsonian Museum, where you can see the largest known Peridot in the world at 46.16 carats!

While the concept of Aliens and Space Gems may seem far out, it’s very rare. The majority of Peridot gems are found in volcanic rocks. When the word “volcano” comes up, which state pops into mind? Hawaii, right? In Hawaii, Peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and fire. There’s actually an entire beach in Oahu that has sand entirely made of Peridot that was finely crushed by the oceans waves. Pele’s tears are said to bring personal growth, wealth, and healing powers.

Other cultures, like the Egyptians, believed Peridot can protect it’s wearer from terrors in the night. Referred to as “gem of the sun,” they mined this stone on an island called Topazios (now known as St . John Island.) Treeless with a scorching sun, the land had little to offer except for the glittering green gemstones that caught the attention of Egyptian royalty. In fact, have you heard about Cleopatra’s green gem collection? While many had thought that her collection was made of emeralds, it is actually made of Peridot!

While some gems have a spectrum of different color variants, Peridot is unique in that it only comes in shades of green. Color ranges from a light lime green to a dark deep green depending on the iron content in the gem (the iron gives that yellow hue.) The perfect Peridot comes in a pure grass green color with no black inclusions visible through the stone, however different people prefer different color variants (beauty is in the eye of the beholder.)

Whether be an August birthday present, 15th anniversary gift, or just a gift from the heart, Peridot is always a great option. With such a unique origin, who wouldn’t want to brag about their new prized possession? 

Stop by Tick Tock Jewelers in downtown Burlington, VT and see all of our Peridot collection today!

Posted on August 3, 2016 .