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This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of August, Peridot.
Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.
August Birthstone: Peridot
Birthstone Color: Yellow Green
Alternative Birthstone: Sardonyx
Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and the gem designated for the 16th wedding anniversary. Peridot is a mineral named Olivine, which is found in a variety of greens, ranging from light yellowish green to a dark olive.
Mystical Powers of the birthstone: The green crystal was considered protective against evil and when set in gold, especially help against night terrors. It was ground to powder and used as a remedy for asthma and as a cure for thirst brought on by fever.
Main sources of Peridots: Peridot comes from the ancient source of Zebirget Island in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Today, peridot is mined in Burma, Norway, Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, the Congo, and in Arizona.
Interesting Facts: It is not certain where the word ,peridot, derived from originally. It is either from the French word peritot which means unclear or from the Arabic word faridat which means gem. In either case, peridot has been mined as a gemstone for an estimated four thousand years.