August Birthstone: Color and Meaning

by Martie Majoros
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August’s birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength.

The largest peridot ever found weighs 319 carats. You can see it in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

August Birthstone Color

It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. 

It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. 

Birthstone Facts & Folklore

Peridot has been found in volcanic lava in Hawaii and in meteorites that have fallen to Earth.

In the 1700s, a meteorite that landed in Siberia contained many peridot crystals that were large enough to be used for jewelry.

When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares. 

Peridot is believed to help depression. If you dream that you find a peridot while digging in the garden, you will have an unexpected visitor.

Peridot, August birthstone

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The Old Farmer's Almanac

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