Graphite. Peridot. Quartz.
August Birthstone is Only Gem Found in Meteorites and Mars
When a 925-pound meteorite crash landed in Fukang, China, in 2000, there were few signs of the beauty that lay within. But when a thin slice was removed from the rock creating a window to the inside, a breathtaking site was revealed. This was no ordinary meteorite. It was an extremely rare pallasite – a type of stony-iron meteorite – that contained large, translucent, gem-quality olivine (or peridot) in a silvery honeycomb of nickel-iron.
August’s Birthstone: The Peridot
And who wouldn’t want a pair of those peridots? Yellow-green in color, these beauties are known as the gemstones of emotional healing and power.
Once a hidden gem, the peridot is now the treasured birthstone for the month of August. With its distinguished coloring, peridot is recognized as the sixteenth anniversary gem and Leo’s zodiac stone, and has been associated with fame, dignity, protection, and success.
Peridot was once used to attract prosperity and wealth. During the Renaissance, it became a love stone with the purpose of helping people find romance. Prior to that and as early as 1500 BC, the Egyptians considered the gem to bring warm energies similar to the sun and thought it could heal the heart.
Peridot gems have a distinctive fresh lime green color and should be stored with care in order to avoid scratches. With peridot being a sensitive gemstone, avoid letting the stone undergo rapid changes in temperature. Peridot can be cleaned with mild dish soap.
Congrats to all the August birthdays from Martin Binder Jeweler.
Birthstone of the Month - Ruby
“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”
- Gregorian Birthstone Poems