Peridot, adored since ancient times, rivals the green of a new spring day. Its history traces back more than 3,500 years when it was prized by the ancient Egyptians. Hawaiian legend called Peridot the divine tears wept by Pele, goddess of the volcano. Much of today’s Peridot comes from Arizona. Some are also mined in China, Myanmar (Burma), and Pakistan. The August birthstone is readily available in most sizes and a variety of shapes. Some have been found in meteorites from outer space. Like many of the world’s popular colored gemstones, Peridot has been credited with a host of magical powers and healing properties, such as protection against nightmares and possessing the power to ward off evil.