Whether we want to accept it or not, August is here, marking the last true month of summer (wasn’t it just spring?) and the reign of a new birthstone. Today, vibrantly red rubies take a backseat to the ever-rare, golden-green, semi-precious peridots.
The peridot is said to be mentally stimulating and physically regenerating, encouraging one’s inner radiance and sharpening the mind. It has also been regarded as a protective stone by earlier civilizations, known to drive away the forces of darkness—from sorcery and magic to night terrors. Think of it as your lucky charm.
Fun fact? These babies are one of only two gems (the other being diamond) that are formed in the molten rock of earth’s upper mantle, and they only surface via some serious forces (we’re talking earthquakes and volcanoes).
In honor of the August birthdays out there, we picked out the prettiest peridot pieces, so you know exactly what to gift all the fierce Leo ladies—and those early Virgos—in your life. I mean, we’d only gift the best to our best (and ourselves, obviously).
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AESA, Sylvania’s Ponte Choker, $315, available at Bona Drag.
Ariel Gordon, Birthstone Charm Ring, $330, available at Ariel Gordon.
Kardee Jewelry, Peridot Heart Earrings, $87, available at Nordstrom.
GFG Jewellery, Lara Double Row Ring, $200, available at GFG Jewellery.
Rachel Jackson London, Amulet Birthstone Necklace, $160, available at Wolf & Badger.
Melissa Joy Manning, Mini Wishbone Earrings with Peridot, $225, available at Melissa Joy Manning.
Anna Sheffield, Rosette Stud Earrings, $850, available at Anna Sheffield.
Alex Monroe, Peridot Twig Ring, $235.20, available at Shopbop.
Ippolita, Mini Birthstone Bracelet, $495, available at Ippolita.
Lord & Taylor, Peridot and 14K Yellow Gold Square Stud Earrings, $75, available at Lord & Taylor.
Julie Vos, Faceted Baroque Bangle, $275, available at Max and Chloe.
Alex And Ani, August Birth Month Charm Bangle, $28, available at Alex and Ani.