August Birthstone - PeridotIt is thought that peridot was mined as early as 1500 BC off the coast of Egypt. The stones were greatly prized by the Egyptian kings.

Peridot was associated with being able to break evil spells. It was believed that it had medicinal value and was compared to the sun, which could dispel the mysteries of darkness.

It is a warm, soft olive or yellowish-green gem. It is somewhat soft for a gemstone and has a velvet appearance. The most prized stones are the green ones with no tinge of brown or yellow.

Brighten the life of the one you love with peridot jewelry.