Peridot's Birthstone History
The tradition of associating gemstones with different months began in the first century, but peridot was not always the birthstone for August. Peridot received its August gemstone designation when birthstones were standardized in 1912. One reason for peridot resonating as the August stone is its connection to lava flows. Peridot can be found in ancient lava in Arizona and areas of Hawaii. August is one of the warmest months of the year for much of the northern hemisphere and the peridot birthstone often forms in hot, volcanic conditions making it a fitting stone for August. Spinel was also added as a secondary August birthstone in 2016, but peridot remains the more popular gem for August.
A Symbol of Abundance and Balance
Every birthstone has a special meaning
for those born in the corresponding birth month. Peridot is a powerful stone that symbolizes strength, happiness and good fortune. It’s worn to attract wealth and promote harmony in interpersonal relationships. Because of its connection to light, this green beauty is also used to inspire clear thinking and instill a sense of peace and calm. Your August birthstone can serve as your lucky birthstone as well.
Ancient Peridot Uses
August’s birthstone has been a revered gem throughout history. In fact, many historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emeralds may have been peridot. Peridot was also revered in medieval times with this beautiful green stone adorning shrines.
August Birthstone Color
Peridot brings beautiful green tones as August’s birthstone. With colors such as lime green, deep olive green and yellow tinted greens, peridot is an excellent gem to wear day or night. It is often set in silver, gold or platinum.