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August Birthstone: Peridot, Sardonyx, Spinel Full Guide

August is a very special kind of stone as it has three Birthstones, Peridot, Spinel, and Sardonyx. Firstly the Sardonyx was introduced as the August Birthstone and then the Spinel and Peridot came. Over time the Peridot Birthstone month is august and it became the main Birthstone of August Month. Learn the History and origin of these stones and find the perfect August Birthstone for you or for your august born friends and relatives. Also if you want to learn more about other Birthstones then you can read this guide on What are Birthstone and Monthwise Birthstone

Peridot Birthstone is the classic green color gem giving the bold look. They are known as the evening emerald for the limelight, they range from gassy green to olive green in color. Thus, Peridot's Birthstone has beautiful attributes and history to show. It is believed to be the Gem of the Sun. In ancient terms, they give extra protection in the field of war Peridot Gemstone was very famous due to its “protective” properties that many cultures believed in. It was believed to dissolve enchantments and ward off evil spirits.

What is the Color of August's Birthstone

There are three beautiful gemstones for the month of August, thereby the color of peridot varying from a pale lime to a darker olive tone, they are seen in shades of Green. The second gemstone is sardonyx yellowish-red to reddish-brown, as it also shows the white bands throughout. Spinel Gemstones can be seen in a variety of colors including Pink, Red, Blue, Green, Black, Brown, Purple, and Orange.

What Is a Peridot?

Peridot Birthstone can be dated back as far as the second century BCE (Before the Common Era) and is found among many cathedrals, chalices, and jewelry of age-old times. How Peridot Gemstone came by its name is a bit of a secret. Some people assume that it comes from the Arabic word Friday meaning gem while others believe it comes from the Greek term persona meaning plenty. It is very popular because of its protective properties which were believed by many cultures.

Peridot Meaning & Symbolize

According to beliefs it is derived from the Arabic faridat meaning gem or the Greek word Peridona, which means "Give in Abundance". The color of the stone resembles the color of money and has generally been associated with Good Fortune and Prosperity. It is one of the popular Gemstones that give protection from negativity and difficulties in the ongoing life and also it is August Birthstone.

What Color is Peridot?

Peridot is a gem variety of mineral olivine, a slightly unique green color depending on how much iron is included in the crystal form, so the shade of individual peridots can range from yellowish green to greenish yellow to brownish green. The most refined shade is green without any indication of yellow or brown.

How is a Peridot Formed?

Peridot is found in the upper mantle of magma and then they are brought down to the surface by volcanic or tectonic activity, where they are seen in extrusive igneous rocks. Captivatingly peridot has also been seen in fallen meteorites and comet dust. Peridot is an idiochromatic gem hereby this gemstone is never synthesized.

The History of the August Birthstone Peridot

The fabled origin of the Peridot Stone pulls back to Ancient Egypt, on the volcanic island of Zebargad in the Red Sea. Peridot was so treasured by the Ancient Egyptians that they preserved the island's location as a mystery. With the collapse of the Egyptian kingdom, the island became lost to antiquity and was only rediscovered in 1906. According to the GIA, it is an extremely rare gemstone to find. It is born of fire and brings light.

Where it is found

Peridot is one of only two gems marked to be created not in the Earth's crust, but in the molten rock of the upper mantle. Gem-quality peridot is infrequent to find on Earth's surface due to its vulnerability to weathering during its motion from deep within the mantle to the surface.


A special type of meteorite known as pallasite meteorite sometimes contains peridot birthstone within its iron-nickel matrix. So, if you slice the meteorite open, it will display a smattering of transparent to translucent gems.

It is found in the deposit of gemstones in China, Myanmar, Pakistan, the United States, and Vietnam.  Here, Peridot Beach in Hawaii shows the shining green glow in the white sand. Meteorites have less value to hold the value of the Peridot gemstone. The most valuable peridot is Dark Green Olive color.

Peridot Healing Properties

In today’s era also many people believed that wearing this August Birthstone which is Peridot will increase their power and even the peridot Gemstone is associated with good virtues such as prosperity, commitment, love, honesty, loyalty, and optimism. This familiar bright green stone also has the uncanny power to encourage articulateness and creativity, it also carries delight and good joy. This stone also clams anger giving revival to all things while attracting love.

Price of August Birthstone - Peridot Gemstone

The Peridot Birthstones are not hard to find as it is found in most parts of the world, as are mined every year. The price of this tone ranges from approximately $50-$80 for the average 1carat stone and Peridot having the finest color and high quality of more than 1carat is priced at $400-$450.

Peridot Gemstone rings

If you are thinking to buy this beautiful peridot ring then here Gemone Presents you with one of the best kinds of August Birthstone Jewelry - Peridot Birthstone rings for you. Gemone is the place where you will find all the Birthstone rings and as per your requirement, we can craft you the best ring. So, if you want to have your engagement ring or wedding ring enclosing your Peridot Stone then go through our vast display of the Peridot Stone Collection.

Halo Yellow Gold Oval Peridot Ring:


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Pairing Peridot Birthstone with the Diamonds will eventually create an elegant look. This Halo Peridot Gemstone Ring is giving the jewelry goal to providing an additional look to your attire. Oval diamond provides a sleek look by making your finger look slender. This August Birthstone jewelry provided by Gemone Diamond is giving you the vintage-looking goal, as it will add timeless grace to your charming face.

Three Stone Peridot White Gold Engagement Ring:

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In this August Birthstone Jewelry, the side stones is giving the complimentary look to the center Peridot ring, as adding these beauties to your collection will make your collection look royal. Seal your bond with this mesmerizing White Gold Peridot Ring offered by the Gemone Diamond to create a sleek and simple look.


Peridot Care & Cleaning

Peridot gemstones are almost 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, so they would not be the greatest gem for daily use. When cleansing the peridot the August gemstone, it is best cleaned with warm, sudsy warm, or tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth that can be used.

Some amazing Facts about Peridot Gemstone

  • Peridot is the name given on the basis of the mineral found under the earth's crust called Olivine. 
  • Peridot is one of the very few gemstones that have only one color “Olive Green". 
  • accordance with someone's myth, the peridot stone can ward off evil spirits.
  • On the Mohs scale, the peridot hardness is measured on a 6.5 - 7 number from 10, which makes this Birthstone slightly softer. 
  • Peridot Gemstone is the French word that emanated from the Arabic word “faridat,” which summarizes “gem.

August Month Alternate Birthstone:

Spinel Birthstone:


Spinel is the most recent August birthstone called a “stone of immortality,” this ruby lookalike has gone by many titles. As indicated by the names of some of its varieties, such as ruby spinel, balas ruby, and rubicelle, red spinel has often been confounded with the ruby.

It comes from the Latin word, in concern to the shape of spinel crystals. Spinel comes in various colors from intense red, vibrant pink, orange, purple, violet, and blue to bluish-green. Spinel is also called the "Mother of Ruby".

Sardonyx Birthstone:


It was believed that the ring of Sardonyx gives protection in the battlefield as it was craved with the image of Mars. It is also associated with happiness and clear communication, obtaining stability in marriage and partnerships. In the middle ages, the people believed that sardonyx owned healing powers. A lined gemstone, sardonyx merges the properties of onyx, carnelian, and chalcedony.

If you are looking to buy a Birthstone Ring or looking to gift it to someone then we suggest you to read this Guide on Birthstone Rings.