August Birthstone: Peridot

The traditional birthstone associated with August birthdays is the Peridot.

Peridots are commonly found in a pale shade of lime green, but can range from the more yellowish hue to olive or darker green. It is often referred to as the “poor man’s emerald” due to it’s similarity in colour, although this gem is absolutely beautiful in it’s own right!

Pronounced pear-a-doe, the word Peridot has its origins in the Greek word ‘faridat’ which means ‘gem’.

The gemstone is thought to bring prosperity and growth, and is associated with the characteristics of dignity, truth and protection.