Peridot belongs to the Olivine family. It is thought to protect the lungs and the heart and to improve the immune sysytem by stimulating the thymus gland. It is also said to symbolize cheerfulness and promote friendship negating selfishness and coldness. The pictures are examples of the mineral both polished and unpolished
Moss Agate comes in several different shades ranging from green through red to black. Moss Agate is said to strenghten the bonds with nature and is thought to promote communication and understanding. The green 'moss' patterns are caused by manganese, hornblende and copper. The copper content is thought to make it beneficial to people suffering from rheumatism and arthritis. Moss Agate is said to be the lucky stone for gamblers.
August's birthstones are Peridot and Moss Agate
On the left of the picture are samples of Peridot and to the right a piece of Moss Agate. In the foreground are Moss Agate necklaces and on the stand Peridot.