August Birthstone Spotlight: Peridot

Known as the Gem of the Sun, peridot is the traditional birthstone for the month of August. The color of peridot varies from yellowish-green to dark olive, depending on the iron content within the individual gemstone.

Peridot is associated with strength and balance. The gemstone is believed to bring peace, health and rest, by harmonizing with mind and body. It is also thought to boost creativity and improve one's mood.

Peridot is formed deep in the Earth's crust and brought to the surface over time by volcanic activity.