For those that are born in the month of August the Peridot is their birthstone. The precious stone mined by the Egyptians was often called “the gem of the sun” because if of its ability to glow brightly at night as if there was sunlight emanating from the gem itself. Often miners were said to search for this gem at night because it would glow brightly and they could mark the spots to come back the next day to retrieve the stones when the sun shone brightly. The rich green coloration of the stone makes it a close cousin to the emerald and it has recently been thought that the emeralds that Cleopatra was so famous for were in fact Peridot. Being adorned with Peridot bestows upon the wearer love, truth, faithfulness, and prosperity in their life. Healing properties were thought to always be present and also bring protection upon those that the gem belonged. There is a poem that speaks of what the Peridot can do and warns that if you should not wear the gem as a talisman that love and prosperity will not be yours.
“Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved alone.”