Hope springs eternal in Green
In Peridot’s golden green
August’s hope is seen
Drying every tear
Removing every fear
Its power to inspire
An ancient blessed fire
August’s birthstone, Peridot, has a history that goes back to the most ancient civilizations, long before the Pharaohs of Egypt. Its mesmerizing, metallic green-gold lustre understandably had powers reputed to empower and protect the wearer. As beautiful in either natural or artificial light, peridot has been called for centuries, “the evening emerald.” The latest peridot discoveries in Kashmir have only served to enhance peridot’s reputation as thegem to wear and be seen wearing today.
August, the Peridot month, certainly has some illustrious children in its family including men like Sean Connery, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, Sean Penn, Robert De Niro and Queensland hunk, Sam Worthington and women like Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Madonna, Shania Twain, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, and Lismore’s own Maia Mitchell.
Only the most skilful gemstone craftsmen and women can unleash the exquisite golden-green lustre buried within uncut peridot as the slightest miscalculation destroys the gem. Finished, faceted peridot is therefore a very special August delight that marks the wearer as an equally special person.
Hollywood Royalty paid homage to this marvellous gem. One such person was the legendary Elizabeth Taylor who had in her equally legendary jewellery collection an 18 karat, wide- band, dress ring set with two oval-cut peridots. Peridot is unusual among gems as unlike diamond, sapphire, ruby or topaz- which can appear in many colours-peridot is always a variety of green coloured from within the heart of the gem and not from trace elements or impurities. So whether it be a playful sparkling, spring- green, a coquettish, lime- green, a mature olive green or a cheeky harlequin- green, it is a green that radiates proudly from the very core of the gem itself. Because of this fidelity to its nature, peridot is reputed to bring both the wearer and the giver, love, loyalty and lasting togetherness through all that life might thrust upon us. It is therefore not only the gemstone associated with the 16th year of marriage but with the ability to adapt and adjust to each other before and after that 16thyear.
Enjoy the qualities of dignity and fame associated with Peridot yourself right here at Shiels.
Be enchanted and beguiled by August’s birthstone.
Whether it be the first flush of love, the 16th year or simply celebrating an August birthday or the month of August itself, Shiels has the peridot jewellery item to make you feel special too. Perfect!