Peridot beach August birthstone

BeachWhat better way to commemorate the birthstone of August then with a whole beach lined with it! The birthstone of the month is peridot and it comes in abundance on a small beach in Hawaii.

Papakolea Beach is a green sand beach; the sand came from a volcanic eruption that spewed green ash sand over 49,000 years ago. The green colour formed from Olivine rock fragments that came from the mountain. Olivine is a mineral which is a semi-precious stone called peridot. Olivine is also known as the Hawaiian diamond. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that only come in one colour, green.  The Hawaiians myth says that the peridot represents the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. The journey to get to this beach is not easy but it pays off big time to lie in an entire sand beach made of peridot!

peridot sand

Historically peridot was first mined as early as 1500 BC just off the coast of the Egyptian Red Sea. The beautiful shiny green was an ultimate talisman accessory and a national “gem of the sun” and worthy to be included in the Pharaohs tombs.  Since then the stone has popped up in European cathedrals of the Middle Ages, and is now mined in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the Roman times it was used for protection against depression and deception, and in the Middle Ages wearing it would invoke inspiration and eloquence.

peridot necklace

Now the peridot has been included in jewellery all over the world.  From dazzling arrays of gold and silver settings with diamond embellishments to simple yet sophisticated looks of a solitaire. They are a very versatile stone but can be delicate because of their relative softness the stone should be protected when wearing. It has good clarity and are well used for faceted cuts since the light can sparkle through them well.

Come visit us at our luxury boutique store in Yaletown called Secret Sapphire. We are able to create unique jewellery for you or a loved one. If you have a friend with an August birthstone check out our selection of onsite peridot or ask to view more and we can bring some stones in for you and create a sentimental jewellery piece.