Peridot; August's birthstone
Peridot is a gem variety of the Olivine group, with color ranging from yellowish green to greenish yellow. The finest hue is a richly saturated green slightly yellowish green without any brownish tints. The word "peridot" comes from the Arabic word "faridat", meaning gem. Peridot dates back to the Ancient Egyptians who called Peridot "the gem of the sun". It has been used for centuries as a protective talisman, shielding the owner from evil spirits and "terrors of the night". Nowadays, Peridot is considered as the National Gem of Egypt. Peridot helps to dispel all negative feelings associated to self blame and turn them into gratitude, compassion and love.