ugust: traditionally a month for summer holidays in glamorous Mediterranean locations, long, languid days devoid of diary appointments and lazy lunches enjoyed al fresco. Certainly, no time to be adorning yourself with heavy gems and astronomically expensive jewels.
Good news, then, that tradition dictates the light, colourful peridot to be the birthstone associated with August. Said to symbolise strength, balance and peace, it is also worn as a talisman of good health, with its hue ranging from deep green to lime depending on each stone’s copper content. Its semi-precious nature also makes it a mainstay in many jewellers’ summer collections, so, if you’re buying for an August birthday girl, there’s no shortage of options. Here are some of our favourites.
These one-of-a-kind earrings from Annoushka’s first high jewellery collection, made in collaboration with Fuli Gemstones, contrast an octagon-cut peridot with malachite and Madagascan pink sapphire all set in 18ct recycled yellow gold. If the price tag has you thinking twice, the lower part of the earrings can be removed to leave you with smaller studs perfect for everyday wear. Two pairs of earrings for the price of one? Can’t say fairer than that.
The beauty of a stone as colourful as peridot is that it’s perfect for mixing with other gemstones to create beautifully summery pieces. This multi-stone necklace by Auree is a case in point. Featuring peridot, amethyst, citrine and blue topaz, in assorted shapes and sizes, it’s inspired by the flavours and colours of Indian spices and will go with everything in her wardrobe.
Brazilian jewellery designer Fernando Jorge is on a mission to infuse the rarified world of fine jewellery with the relaxed spirit and easy sensuality of his home country. Having trained at Central Saint Martin’s, and subsequently set up his eponymous brand in London, Jorge’s designs exude a playful, contemporary style ideal for elevating semi-precious stones. This peridot, diamond and calcite Bloom ring takes its cues from the botanical world and elegantly frames the finger.
Taken from Milanese brand Pomellato’s M'Ama Non M’Ama collection, these elegant hoop earrings offer a stylish Italian twist on a classic design. Translating as ‘he loves me, he loves me not’, the rose gold setting makes for a romantic choice that highlights the light green of the peridot brilliantly. The even better news? The collection offers plenty of complementary pieces for future birthdays, too.
Suzanne Kalan’s unorthodox way with stone setting has made the LA-based brand a hit with cool girls the world over. This diamond and peridot ring utilises baguette and round-cut stones to better showcase the character and vivid green hue of the peridot, while also making for a design that can be worn every day and stacked with pieces she already loves.
Melbourne-based jewellery designer Seb Brown is renowned for his modern take on the classic signet ring and his playful updating of this classic heirloom makes for a brilliant birthday gift that can be treasured for generations. We love the blend of emerald, peridot, tourmaline and sapphire on this chic and understated piece.
Just as resale sites have taken over the high fashion space, so vintage jewellery is experiencing quite the resurgence thanks to its ethical and environmental associations. Leading the charge is British jewellery company Kojis, which sources top-quality vintage and antique jewellery from practically every era imaginable. This 14ct yellow gold bangle originated in the US and features three round-cut peridots, highlighted by an engraved rope detail.
For her take on peridot birthstone jewellery, Kiki McDonough looked to the meteorites that have been found to contain the gemstone for inspiration. Flanked by diamonds and encased in two interlocking swirls of 18ct yellow gold, the vital lime hue of the peridot is the star of the show in this timeless necklace.
Bespoke jeweller Glenn Spiro’s range of Luma earrings, made with an unusual luminescent hybrid ceramic known as HyCeram Luminex, are a signature of the brand. While you can order them to be finished with practically every stone under the sun (Spiro is also a master gem sourcer), we think the botanical hues of peridot makes for a fitting combination.