August

August’s birthstone, the Peridot ~ the stone of Fame, Dignity, Protection and Success.  peridot (2)

According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones are thought to offer mystic healing to its wearer.  Peridots’ powers are thought to be healing stress in relationships, lessening anger and jealousy, and slow aging, the Peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.

The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether this verse originally is of the Gregorian calendar or not. In fact Tiffany & Co. published these poems “of unknown author” for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.

Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

August’s birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green colour. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.

Peridot is one of the few gemstones, which exist only in one colour.  It is actually a variety of the mineral olivine. Peridot is the only gem quality variety of this mineral. This gem is hard enough to be suitable for every day wear. Good quality peridot looks like a delicious green apple. The best peridot comes from Italy and has a rich olive colour. Peridot from America is a light yellow green colour. If you went into space you could mine peridot from meteorites as some have been found with peridot crystals. The word peridot has a few sources. The Arabic word fariadat means gem, and the Greek word peridona means giving plenty.

The Peridot

This is the August peridots I have in stock.