Yay, Hazel! Cheers & wine to you, my dear, because you won!
The intensity of color in peridot depends on the amount of iron present
in its chemical structure; the more iron it contains, the deeper green it
will be. According to most sources I found, the most desirable color of peridot
is deep olive-green with a slight yellowish tint. Deeper olive-green tones tend
to be more valuable than lighter colored greens and yellowish-greens. That’s
just fine – I want the BRIGHT ones anyway. :)
And, did you know that Blue Moon has a color inspired by peridot and the perfect accompaniment to it? Peridot and Periwinkle is available now. It's a color that's been around for a looooong time. Gorgeous!
We are knee- (or at least ankle-) deep in August, people! We're more than halfway through the 10th anniversary year of the Rockin' Sock Club, and Summer is nearing an end. School's are getting ready to start back up, the days are getting shorter, and leaves are beginning to crisp and think about falling.
What is this eighth month of the year all about, anyway? Did you know that its original name was "Sextilus," which means "six," because it used to be the sixth month of a ten-month calendar? The birthstone is a peridot (oooh, green!), and the flower is a Gladiolus. So 'glad' to see the glads. Heehee.
According to some sources, the reason August has 31 days is because, when Augustus Caeser named the month after him, he wanted to be sure his month had as many days as Julius Caeser's month, July. So, days were stolen from poor little February, and August became a 31-day-er. No one knows if this is completely accurate, or just has become a part of August's legend.
Our question today has to do with that gorgeous August birthstone, Peridot. It's one of the only gemstones that comes in just one color - GREEN! The greens range from light lime to dark olive, and the intensity of color is determined by the amount of a specific mineral component. What mineral is it that causes a peridot to be a lighter or darker green?
The first to answer wins the Lightbulb badge!