Peridot, the birthstone for August, has many properties such as prosperity, dignity and protection, as well as love, loyalty, and truth. There are more than fifteen shades of peridot from olive green, yellow-green, brownish-green, baby green to a vivid lime green, which is the most valued colour. As early as 1500 BC the Egyptians used peridot as a gem. In fact it is now believed that Cleopatra´s emeralds were really fine, dark green peridots! Also Napoleon once made a gift of peridot to Josephine as a symbol of undying love and admiration.
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An amazing fact about peridot is that it is also a gemstone from outer space! It has been found in meteors that have fallen to earth from deep space, as well as being found on Mars and the Moon!