“Rich and rare were the gems she wore, and a bright gold ring on her hand she bore” – Thomas Moore
Peridot is the *birthstone for people born in AUGUST. Peridot is a green gemstone that’s sometimes called the evening emerald. It is among the oldest known gemstones and is a gem-quality transparent variety of olivine. It is a stone of lightness and beauty. Used in a necklace, peridot is said to protect against negative emotions.
The peridot was regarded since ancient times as the symbol of the sun. Some of the finest peridot stones are called “evening emeralds” because they appear greener under artificial light. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele.
Peridot has been mined on an island in the Red Sea since 1500 BC. They believed that it would send evil spirits away, lessen one’s thirst when placed underneath the tongue, and to drive out nighttime terrors when placed in gold. Historians believe that some of the “emeralds” worn by Cleopatra were really peridot. According to legend, wearing Peridot protected the wearer from evil spirits.
Occurrence – Mogok district of Burma, Norway, Brazil, China, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Australia, Mexico, and United States.
Colour – Light Green, Dark Green, Olive Green, Yellow
Hardness – 7 (it is 7 in the Moh’s scale of hardness therefore pricy)
Sign of Peridot – Leo, Libra, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo
Birthstone – August, June, October, March, September
*Birthstones and Sign stones are gem stones which in some culture are believed to “have more vibration power at certain times of the year. The month of a stone’s power time determines your birthstone. These gem stones have more vibration power for you because they are associated with the time of your birth.” – Gemlore
Some stones can be found under several months and Zodiac signs. Feel free to accept the ones you want.
*Photos from Google. Excerpts taken from Emily Gems and Find Your Fate.