AUGUST – PERIDOT
Peridot is one of the few gemstones to occur in one color, naturally – olive green. The intensity
of the color depends on the amount of iron in the crystal formation. The name of the gem is
Old French in origin, and is said to have been first mentioned in the will of a bishop.
He bequeathed three rings to the St. Albans Abbey, one being peridot.
The peridot is very often confused with the emerald, and is sometimes called
“the evening emerald.” It is said to symbolize strength, and if set in gold,
will protect the wearer from evil dreams.