August Birthstone; Peridot

Peridot is the birthstone for the summer month of August and the gemstone for the 16th anniversary of marriage.

The custom of wearing a particular gemstone for the month in which one is born originated in Germany in the sixteenth century, although at the time, the stones corresponded to the signs of the Zodiac, rather than the months of the calendar year, according to which Peridot would be the gemstone for the zodiac sign of Libra.

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