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If fire appears to leap from the vibrant green surface of the Peridot, this may be
because this gem is formed as a result of volcanic activity.  Many years ago,
natives discovered Peridot crystals in the black sands of Hawaii, explaining their
presence as tears shed by Pele, the volcano goddess.  Throughout history,
August's birthstone has been used as a means to connect with nature.  Early
Egyptian priests drank a stimulating beverage called Soma from cups made of
Peridot, believing this practice to draw them closer to Isis, the  goddess of nature.

The name Peridot comes from the Arabic word "faridat," meaning gem. Ancient
Egyptians called them the "gem of the sun," because of their dazzling brilliance
when seen in the desert sun.  It was believed that the Peridot glowed with light
even as darkness fell, which is why miners were said to have scouted for these
gems during the night, marking their location, and returning in the light of day to
retrieve them.  Perhaps this legendary mining method is the reason that the
Peridot is sometimes called  "evening emerald."

Peridot is a mineral named Olivine, which is found in a variety of greens, ranging
from light yellowish green to a dark olive.  Early mining for this gem was done on
Saint John's Island near Egypt around 1500 BC.  The green crystal was
considered protective against evil and when set in gold, especially helpful against
night terrors.  It was ground to powder and used as a remedy for asthma and as a
cure for thirst brought on by fever.  Today, Peridot is mined in Burma, Norway,
Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, the Congo, and in Arizona.   

The force of nature is alive within a Peridot, making a gift of this gemstone
symbolic of vitality.  It signifies strength, both individual and within a relationship, as
well as the promise of new growth in years ahead.

Alternate August Birthstone
An alternate birthstone for August, Sardonyx is a type of translucent or opaque
quartz with alternating parallel bands of brownish red and white. This stone was
worn as a talisman by the Egyptians to protect against infections and evil.  Today it
is highly polished and carved into beautiful beads and cameos.  Sardonyx is mined
in India, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Brazil and Uruguay.  A gift of this stone is
considered  symbolic of happiness within a relationship.
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