August, the closing month of summer, and the dreaded month of SCHOOL for most students. However, August has to offer something to look forward to, right? Well for those who are born in August, you get to not only celebrate getting another year older, you also get to enjoy the true beauties of your birthstone. Peridot, the mystical gemstone of August, was nicknamed “The Emerald of the Evening,” by the ancient Romans because they were too fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine.
Peridot is a very old gemstone, and one which has become very popular again today. It is so ancient that it can be found in Egyptian jewelery from the early 2nd millennium B.C.. The vivid green of the peridot, with just a slight hint of gold, is the ideal gemstone color for summer, and back to school! The intensity of the color depends on the amount of iron actually present in the stone. The color itself can vary over all shades of yellowish green and olive, and even to a brownish green.