The birthstone for August, the first known deposit of Peridot was discovered to be on a volcanic island in the Red Sea. Born of volcanic fire, this magnificent gemstone has danced its way through history, presenting itself on Egyptian jewelry as early as the 2nd millennium B.C. to adorning religious shrines in medieval churches. The Romans called the Peridot the ’emerald of the evening’ because its radiant green intensifies in the evening light. The availability of this stone has changed many times over its course, and is present in good high-quality amount today due to a discovery in the mountains of Pakistan. With its slight hint of gold hues, Peridot displays a unmatched vibrancy which has earned the stone the name derived from the Greek word ‘peridona,’ which means “to give richness.” Peridot is not particularly hard – only 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale – but it is easy to look after, does not call for any special care, and is very practical for wear in jewelry.