August’s birthstone, the Peridot, symbolises strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green colour.

It was once believed that the green Peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares. The traditional properties closely associated with the Peridot birthstone are love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty together with fame, dignity, and protection. The Peridot is also used to enhance prosperity, growth, and openness.

Peridot is known as the “extreme” gem because it is only found in harsh conditions. It is mined from rocks created by volcanoes and even found in meteorites that fall to Earth.


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