This beautiful gem receives its name from the French word for gold, péridot. It is also said to have gotten its name from the Arabic word for gem, faridat.
The gem forms part of the olivine family and is sourced from the peridotite rock. The peridot gemstone is found in meteorites, lava and within the earth’s mantle. This implies that some of these peridot stones are ancient, with some saying that they are a by-product of the birth of our solar system.
Peridot’s signature green color comes from the composition of the mineral itself—rather than from trace impurities, as with many gemstones. That’s why this is one of few gemstones that only comes in one color, though shades may vary from yellowish-green to olive to brownish-green, depending on how much iron is present.
The peridot birthstone is August’s official birthstone, as well as that of the 16th wedding anniversary. In addition to being symbolic of these two milestones, the peridot crystals bring the wearer peace, rest, and health by promoting strength and balance. It’s also believed to boost your mood and improve creativity.
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