The August birthstone is peridot. It’s original name ‘chrysolithos’ is Ancient Greek and means ‘golden stone’. While it may not be clear why this striking green gem has this name, it is only when you look closely at peridot that you will see the glowing golden tones in its depths.
The Ancient Egyptians were the first known civilisation to find peridot on an island in the Red Sea named Zabargard. This stone was so admired in this ancient civilisation, that some historians even believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald
collection may have in fact been an enviable selection of peridot!