Peridot, the August birthstone is believed to bring power to the wearer. Unlike most other gemstones, peridot is found only in one color with varying shades of pale green, lime and olive green.
Peridot is found near Egypt and the Red sea. It has been mined from St.John's island for over 3000 years. It is also mined in Myanmar (Burma), Australia, China, Brazil and Arizona. Peridots of the finest quality are found in Pakistan.
It is believed that the emeralds worn by Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen, were actually peridots.
Peridot is associated with good luck, good health and peace. It enhances prosperity and growth and symbolizes strength, faithfulness, truth, fame, dignity and love. Peridot is also known to be the anniversary gemstone of the 16th year of marriage. This stone is also said to symbolize happiness in a relationship.