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August Birthstone - Peridot

I am Peridot, born from the tears of Pele, divine Hawaiian goddess of the volcano. My mystical powers have been summoned by Egyptian priests in their ancient rites. My presence helped gain the pleasure of their gods. As time passed, crusading knights held me forth as a symbol of wisdom and purity. Some have even called me “heavenly stone,” for my presence has been discovered in meteorites fallen from the night sky. Cherish me and I will give you courage and bring you great wealth. My gentle touch will brush away your unpleasant thoughts and ease your moments of solitude.

Hardness 6.5-7 • Natural • Major Source: China, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar, Kenya, Mexico, Sri Lanka and U.S.

Qualities
Peridot is known as the “evening gemstone” because its color intensifies in the evening light. The gemstones color range includes yellowish-green, bright green and pleasant olive hues.

Care

Though Peridot is suitable for everyday wear, care should be taken to protect it from scratches, sharp blows and extreme temperature changes. Remove Peridot when engaging in activities such as housework, gardening or very active sports. Avoid home ultrasonic cleaning.

Why Peridot?
While today we are not limited by tradition, the symbolism of Peridot is treasured as the birthstone for August and celebrating the sixteenth anniversary. It has long been associated with spring and renewal.