August Birthstone – Peridot
Peridot is formed in rocks created by volcanoes. On rare occasions it can also be found in meteors that have landed on Earth from outer space. For over 3,500 years this gemstone was mined on the island Zabargad (known today as St Johns Island) in South Egypt. Today, Peridot can also be found in places such as Norway, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, the USA state of Arizona and the Island of Hawaii.
One of only a few gemstones found in a single colour, although the shades of green differ quite considerably. Peridot has a colour range from brownish green, yellowish green to pure green dependant on the amount of iron present in the area it is found.