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August’s birthstone is peridot, with a unique chemistry that results in its delicate springtime green colour.
Originally mined only on an obscure island off the coast of Egypt, and only at night, when its colour was visible against the rock among snake-infested lands. Peridot was rare and expensive. Today, peridot can also be found in several U.S. states, China, Myanmar and Africa. Simplified mining has improved the availability of this unusual gem.
Considered a powerful amulet, peridot was worn as a charm to ward off evil. It was used in jewellery and also adorned clothing.
Peridot is vulnerable to hard blows and excessive scratching. It can be worn everyday, although with a little extra care.