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August's Birthstone: unassuming Peridot 

Molly Schaller

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Welcome to this month’s birthstone post! My youngest child was born in this hot summer month seven years ago, so August's peridot birthstone is very special to me. Peridot is often called the "evening emerald" with it's warm yellow-green tones. It's said to be lucky and guard the babies born in August, which I might just have to call upon, as my little guy is a risk-taking daredevil! 

Peridot is the rare gem-quality variety of the common mineral olivine, which forms deep inside the earth’s mantle and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava.

-The American Gemological Society

Color: Yellow green to olive to lime brown and is often called the “evening emerald” because it looks beautiful any time of day.

Care: Measures 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, and is prone to breaking during cutting, but once it is cut, the finished gemstone is relatively durable and easy to wear and care for.

Meanings & Properties: Said to ensure peace and happiness.

Uses and Folklore: Provides protection against nightmares and evil.

Because peridot is an expensive gemstone, I’m using olivine and olivine AB fire-polished Czech glass beads as a substitute. By using the olivine beads some with and some of which have an aurora borealis coating, I was able to collect a group of beads with some varieties of greens which more closely emulate the natural differences in real peridot.

One-size-fits-all memory wire cuffs are always a great place to start with birthstone gifts. I used gold memory wire and a hematine and metal beads to create dimension and depth while sticking with my mostly green palette for the Peridot Perfection DIY Cuff Bracelet

Click for complete instructions to create your own Peridot Perfection DIY Cuff Bracelet with Bead Gallery olivine Czech glass fire-polished faceted rounds.

The Halcraft Collection line doesn’t include peridot, but it does include beautiful olivine Czech fire-polished glass faceted rounds that are a lovely substitute. I used them in the Peridot Perfection DIY Cuff Bracelet above. Click for step-by-step instructions to make your own!

 

Fun Fact

   Peridot is sometimes found within meteorites!

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets, which include 3 cats, a flock of 12 hens, and a jaunty rooster named Kernel.

She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn to tap into their creativity as well!