The History of the Fabled Peridot Gemstone Turned August Birthstone

Our Beverly Hills staff at Gems Are Forever include Graduate Gemologists (G.G.) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) who love all things gemstone, as they are steeped in antiquity. That includes the fabled Peridot, which comes from the Arabic faridat, meaning gem.

Here is what August-born babies should know about their prized birthstone.  

Where Did the Peridot Originate?

The origin of Peridot stretches back to Ancient Egypt, on the volcanic island of Zebargad in the Red Sea. The Egyptians called Peridot the “gem of the Sun” and believed it had special healing powers. They were so taken with the gemstone that they kept the island where it was found a secret, where it was only rediscovered in 1906. The Peridot has been exhausted in the region but can be found across the globe in varying capacities.

Trace amounts have been found in Hawaii, where Peridot grains mix with sand and line the beaches, and are celebrated as the tears of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and lava.

Today, the largest sources of Peridot are the United States, specifically Arizona, Myanmar, Pakistan, and the Himalayas.

When Did Peridot Become the August Birthstone?

The saying goes that Peridot symbolizes strength, and according to GIA, the Peridot became the August birthstone in 1912.

Whether you are personalizing a birthday gift or are including this beautiful gem in an anniversary gift — the official gem given to celebrate a 16th wedding anniversary — Peridot can be found in earrings, necklaces, rings, and brooches that beautifully shine any time of year.

Contact Gems Are Forever to Create or Find Your Perfect Peridot Gift

Nothing says happy August birthday or anniversary like a beautiful Peridot gift. At Gems Are Forever, we can help you restore the beauty of an old piece, customize a new one, or find an existing piece like our Peridot and Diamond Ring in 18 Karat Yellow Gold.

Contact our Beverly Hills jewelry store via email, by phone at (310) 279-5229, or leave your contact information online to schedule a virtual appointment or in-person visit today.