Peridot olivine is the birthstone for August. Both Leo and Virgos born in the month of August share this birthstone. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive green. August birthdays will adore a bouquet filled with a succulent mix of serene shades from nature.
Throughout history, the Peridot has been used as a means to connect with nature. When Peridot crystals were discovered by natives in the black sands of Hawaii, they explained their presence as tears shed by Pele, the volcano goddess. Early Egyptians drank from cups made of Peridot, believing this practice to draw them closer to Isis, the goddess of nature. The force of nature is alive within a Peridot, making a gift of this gemstone symbolic of vitality. It signifies strength, both individual and within a relationship, as well as the promise of new growth in years ahead.