August Birthstone - Peridot
Where it can be found
Gem quality peridot comes from Arizona, Burma, Norway, islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites.
- According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridot has been the official birthstone of August along with Sardonyx since 1912.
- There is no synthetic or manmade version of peridot, but imitations do exist. These are usually made of glass or natural tourmaline.
- Peridot is a relatively inexpensive gemstone under 4 carats. Any stone weighing over 4 carats costs considerably more. Stones over 10 carats are exceedingly rare and therefore expensive.
The August birthstone, peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. Peridot is August’s primary birthstone. It is a gemstone which forms deep within the Earth and is typically brought to the surface through volcanic eruptions. For this reason in Hawaii peridot is said to symbolize the tears of Pele, the Pele, the Hawaiin goddess of volcanoes, fire, lightning, and wind. Peridot is available from yellowish green all way through to brown, though lime green and olive green shades are typically the most popular.
Famous Women with August Birthdays
August 7 - Charlize Theron - South African and American actress and film producer.
August 11 - Viola Davis - American producer and actress of stage, screen, and television.
August 15 - Jennifer Lawrence - American actress.
August 16 - Madonna - American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman.
August 20 - Amy Adams - American actress and singer.