The August birthstone, peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
The largest peridot ever found weighs 319 carats. You can see it in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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