Peridot pronounced pear-uh-dot is the official modern birthstone of the month of August. The current assignment of specific gems to respective months was standardized by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912, has since been accepted.
Peridot is found in varying shades of pale green lime and olive green. Though out times and history the gem has been confused with the emerald. The peridot has more of a hint of yellow or gold tint to it than the emerald. It is widely believed the name comes from a Arabic word, 'faridat', meaning gem. Another thought of origin comes from the French word 'peritot'; meaning unclear because the color of the gem is supposed to be unclear. A third theory is that the word originated from a Greek word 'peridona', which means richness. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC., houses the largest cut peridot which is a 310 carat gem.
Peridot is also mentioned in the Bible under the Hebrew name, 'pitdah' which was used in the fabled breastplates of the Jewish High Priest.
In Hawaii, the gem which are formed through volcanic activity ,symbolizes the tears of the goddess Pele. Transparent green grains of peridots are found on the beaches of Hawaii, but they are to tiny to cut.
The Peridot is one of the few gemstones which come in one color only. It is called as Chrysolite, a variety of olivine. It also one of the most difficult gemstones to polish. As we see, though-out history, the peridot was thought to have great mystical powers. It was associated with good luck, good health, peace, enhances prosperity, growth, strength, faithfulness, truth, fame, dignity and love. It was also believed to have the powers that help to repel evil spirits and overcome nightmares.
National leaders of former times who wore the gemstone in public was thought to be gentle, fair and wise. It was believed that whoever wore the peridot would bring the wearer power, protect them from evil spirits and to bestow upon them the power to ward off anxiety, enhance speech articulation, inspire happiness, strengthen and regenerate the body and mind. The power of the peridot was enhanced even more if it was set in gold , had to be pierced and worn on the left arm.
I didn't find much on the remedies of the peridot except for two. If you hold a peridot under the tongue was suppose to lessen the thirst of a person suffering from fever. Ground peridot if taken internally was once used as a treatment for asthma. Providing this information, I am not recommending it. LOL