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Primary Gemstone: Peridot

Alternate Gemstone(s): Sardonyx

History: Peridot is the traditional birthstone for August. Peridot is a French word derived from the Arabic for green. Peridot should be a lively apple-green or lime-green color with no brown or olive tones. Peridot is caused by volcanic action. In the USA, Arizona is the largest source for Peridot.

It's often called the "Evening Emerald" because its color did not fade in the lamplight, but glowed into the evening hours. This is why Peridot is believed to keep away evil spirits and help dreams become reality.