August babies and scorpions – this is your time to shine. This month’s birthstone is Peridot.

Believed to protect against nightmares and bring its wearer power and influence, peridot is one of the only gemstones to occur in just one colour. It ranges from a pale yellow-green to a deeper olive green tone.

Peridot forms deep inside the earth and is only brought to the surface by volcanoes, which is why in Hawaii, the gemstone symbolises the tears of Pele – the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

See more peridot jewellery here.