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Birthstone for August, Peridot, And Some Late 19th Century Peridot Jewelry
The birthstones for August, according to the American Gem Society are sardonyx, peridot and the more recently added spinel. However, peridot is what we’ll focus on in this post and I have found some gorgeous lime green peridot earrings from Romanov Russia for our August babies, as well as a stunning peridot ring from Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry.
Russian Hessonite Garnet And Peridot Earrings
These 14K rose gold earrings are set with 14 sparkling apple green Russian peridots of consistent color, with a hessonite garnet in the centre of each one. They were made in Moscow between 1899 and 1908.
They are marked with 56 zolotnik old Russian gold standard (14K) with the initials of Moscow assay master Ivan Lebedkin and also makers’ initials ‘MK’ and ‘??’
These earrings have already been sold.
About The Gemstones
Peridot is transparent, gem quality olivine and has been in use as a gem for thousands of years. Peridot is associated with propserity and good fortune and according to the American Gem Society:
Also known as “the Evening Emerald” because its sparkling green hue looks brilliant any time of day, peridot is said to possess healing properties that protect against nightmares and evil, ensuring peace and happiness. Babies born in August are lucky to be guarded by peridot’s good fortune.
Hessonite garnet is sometimes known as cinnamon stone, because of the colour. Gemselect says of hessonite:
Hessonite belongs to the grossularite garnet group, which also includes the rare tsavorite garnet. While most grossularite garnet is green, hessonite typically has a orange-brown color which has earned it the nickname cinnamon stone.
A beautiful peridot ring on the next page…