Official August Birthstone: Peridot
Zodiac: Leo and Virgo
Peridot is one of the few gemstones which exist only in one colour and its lively shade of green is perfect for every season. Fine traces of iron account for the deep green colour which has a slight golden hue. The name Peridot is derived from the Greek word “peridona”, meaning “to give plenty”. It is traditionally the symbol of fame, love and loyalty and is said to enhance prosperity, growth and openness.
The oldest source of the Peridot was the Egyptian island of Zeberget and at one time Peridot was more valuable than Diamonds. The Pharaohs insisted that there were to be no visitors to this island in order to protect the mining of this cherished gemstone, and many historians believe that the famous Emeralds worn by Cleopatra were in fact Peridots! Peridot was later used to decorate medieval churches, for example, three rare 200 carat Peridots adorn the Shrine of the Three Kings at the famous Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
Check out our fabulous collection of August birthstone jewellery for the ideal birthday gift this month, or treat yourself to jewellery from designers such as Pandora, Nomination and Thomas Sabo for a fabulous way to add peridot green to your style.