With sparkling, summery golden greens, Peridot is aptly the birthstone given to August.
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It is also an idiochromatic gem, which means that its colour is derived from the basic chemical composition of the gem (in Peridot’s case, iron) and not from impurities within the gem, which is how most gems receive their distinctive colours.
This gem is one of only a few available in just one colour. Its lush, often vibrant greens range from bottle green to an almost yellowish, olive oil colour. The gem is pleochroic, meaning that it is possible to see different shades from different angles.