peridot, an olive green gemstone, is the traditional august birthstone. "peridot" comes from the arabic word "faridat", meaning gem. egyptian priests used to drink from cups made of peridot to bring them closer to the goddess of nature, isis. peridot is also believed to symbolize vitality.
the best quality peridot is mined in myanmar. recently, peridot deposits have been found in pakistan. and peridot can also be found in lava or meteorites (some black sand beaches contain peridot deposits--so much better than searching for seashells!).
the color of peridot is also a very popular these days and is featured in the fall 2011 chanel nail polish collection
sneak peek: peridot will be featured in my spring 2012 collection!