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A Jewelry Lover’s Guide to Peridot

by Rachel Mosely

Aug 2, 2019

We’ve unearthed five enchanting ways to wear August’s fresh green birthstone.

Two raw peridot pendant necklaces from Eclectic Eccentricity
Photo by: Eclectic Eccentricity

If you’re looking for a gem with a little bit of edge, peridot has got you covered. One of the oldest stones known to man, peridot is also one of the select few birthstones that only occurs in a singular shade: a can’t-look-away electric green. But this jewel is more than just mesmerizing to behold—throughout history, it's been rumored to ward off evil, promote peace, and even improve the wearer’s love life. Whether or not you believe in the stone's more mystical properties, it’s hard to deny the visual impact that some peridot power can have on your jewelry collection. And if you’re an August baby, congrats! It’s your official birthstone. If not? Go ahead and try some glittering green on for size anyway. Below, we’ve hand-picked five peridot pieces guaranteed to make any ensemble pop.

Gold peridot pendant necklace from William White
SHOP: Peridot pendant necklace from William White, from $470

A jewelry staple and status symbol since at least 1500 BC, peridot was all the rage among the ancient Egyptian set (counting none other than Cleopatra among its legendary fans). We say, once a classic, always a classic, and William White’s modern gold peridot pendant is all the proof we need. With its adjustable chain and charming “lollipop” shape, this timeless treasure will get you style mileage for years to come, making it a more-than-worthwhile investment piece. 

Peridot and turquoise cuff from I Was Born to Shine
SHOP: Peridot and turquoise cuff from I Was Born to Shine, from $72

Play up peridot’s lime green glory with a multi-hued bracelet from I Was Born to Shine. A vivid turquoise center stone is elegantly flanked by four chunks of sparkling raw peridot on a gold, rose gold, or silver cuff. What's more, with peridot (known for balance) and turquoise (known for serenity), this stacking-friendly stunner makes a harmonious addition to any elegant arm party.

Peridot giraffe stud earrings from Every Bear Jewel
SHOP: Peridot giraffe studs from Every Bear Jewel, $109

When it comes to accessorizing, summer is the time to show off your playful side—and Every Bear Jewel’s adorable giraffe-shaped peridot earrings are bound to put a twinkle in your eye. With irresistible ears and a set of dainty horns (also known as ossicones to those in the animal-know), these handmade studs combine just enough cuteness with a graceful oval shape, successfully striking the perfect balance between sophisticated and cheeky.

Two peridot raw stone necklaces from Eclectic Eccentricity
SHOP: Peridot raw stone necklace from Eclectic Eccentricity, $34

Sure, your signature birthstone sets you apart from the other eleven months of the year, but what makes one August babe shine above the rest? Enter Eclectic Eccentricity’s personalized peridot necklace. A gorgeous rough-edged gem gives these gold and silver dazzlers a can't-miss focal point, and for a truly one-of-a-kind ornament, you can get a custom initial stamped onto the star charm that embellishes the chain.

Peridot twig ring from Artisanlook
SHOP: Peridot leaf ring from Artisanlook, $48

One look at peridot’s bright green glimmer and you’re instantly transported to scenes of verdant, rolling hills and lush, overgrown forests. Artisanlook’s distinctive peridot ring takes that outdoorsy essence to its logical leafy conclusion: a delicate botanical motif crafted from sterling silver. And thanks to its adjustable band (a quick tweak lets you shift it to the top, middle, or base of any multi-ring arrangement), this plant-inspired pick makes an excellent gift for your favorite nature-lover. 

Peridot at home

From stained-glass suncatchers to handcrafted ceramics, these eye-catching green beauties add a fresh flourish to any space.

Collage of four peridot-colored home decor items: a stained-glass suncatcher, a botanical print, a ceramic vase, and a printed tea towel
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Stained-glass suncatcher from Elena Zaycman, $205; botanical chart from Painted Tent, $65; porcelain vase from Haight Pottery, $95; artichoke tea towel from Ecarlate Boutique, $12

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Rachel Mosely

Rachel Mosely is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, New York