Peridot is the official birthstone for the month
of August as adopted by the American National Association
of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the stone for the Zodiac sign
of Libra. See the birthstone
tables for additional references to this stone. Peridot
may be given as a gem on the 16th wedding anniversary.
For as long as I can remember I have pronounced
this gem as "pear-a-doe" and until recently believed
this was correct. Someone took the time to write informing
me that the correct pronunciation is actually per'i-dot so
I have amended this page to hopefully educate others as well.
However, it seems that pear-a-doe may have come into common
usage as I found two dictionaries that offer both pronunciations.
Peridot is the gem variety of olivine and ranges
between 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs
scale of hardness.
Gem quality peridot comes from Arizona, Burma,
Norway, islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found
in meteorites. It's been mined as a gemstone for thousands
of years, and is mentioned in the Bible under the name of
Chrysolite. Legend says that peridot was one of the favorite
gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of the "emeralds" worn
by her were actually peridot.
Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
It is thought to bring the wearer good luck,
peace, and success,. Its powers include health, protection,
and sleep. The advantages of peridot are to attract love and
calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative
Peridot Jewelry and Cabochons
jewelry made with peridot.
A selection of free
form cabochons and rough available for custom jewelry.
see other August
Peridot is also listed as a birth/natal or star
stone in the following birthstone tables:
Modern - August
Zodiac - Libra
Sun Sign (Star Sign) - Libra