Peridot, August birthstone
If you asked ten people what is the August birthstone, the Peridot would not be mentioned by more than one—if that.
The peridot is probably the least known and least appreciated of all the gemstones.
A woman friend, who is also born in August, said she hated having the Peridot as her birthstone when she was young. After all, her friends had “real” gemstones like diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and others. As she learned more about the Peridot, she now considers it her favorite.
The formation of the Peridot, August birthstone
Peridot was formed early in the solidification of the Earth. As the earth’s magma slowly cooled to form igneous rock, peridot was born. Parts of the magma which cooled particularly slowly created large and clear specimens of peridot. These rich deposits are located in Egypt, and in Burma as well as surrounding areas.
Peridot is not only born of fire here on earth, but it has also arrived to Earth from outer space. Although many different gems can be found in meteorites that have fallen to earth, peridot is the only one that is found in large enough sized to make jewelry from. In 1749, a meteorite landed in a desolate area of Siberia. It was found to contain many pieces of peridot crystals large enough to be set into peridot jewelry.
Peridot, August birthstone: its lure
A few jewelry historians are now convinced that some, or possibly all of the emeralds Cleopatra was famous for wearing, were not actually emeralds, but Peridots from Egypt. This emerald-looking shade of green is almost never encountered in peridots under ten carats.
Peridot has long been called “an Evening Emerald,” for under artificial light, the stone glows a brilliant green. Peridot is similar to the emerald but softer in intensity. Peridots of two or three carats are expensive, and a fine eight-carat stone is extremely rare. Any stones beyond eight carats are collectors or museum pieces. Two of the finest peridot displays contain
ing some of the largest and best specimens are in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Field Museum in Chicago. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC has a cut peridot stone of 310 carats.
Peridot, August birthstone: its legends and lores
The beauty of the peridot, August birthstone, is what lures most knowledgeable people to the gem. The lore of the peridot, August birthstone, also makes it popular, although many still don’t know about its powers. Here is some of the lore about the stone.
The Talisman. Throughout history, there have been many legends that state the strong magical power that peridot possesses. Legend says that if the gem is set in gold, it will develop its full potential as a talisman and will have the power to dispel terrors of the night- fears and bad dreams. However, according to Pliny The Elder, the Great Roman authority on such matters, for peridots to work their strongest magic, they must be worn on the right arm.
The Healer. As with other gemstones, the color of the peridot stone is directly related to parts of the body that it can be of aid to. Because of it’s yellowish green color, peridot has been believed to cure diseases of the liver and difficulties with digestion. It aids in physical detoxification and helps problems with the kidneys, bladder, gall bladder, and the stomach. Peridot heals such illnesses as ulcers, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- It is also useful in helping to heal insect bites.
- Peridot has a tonic effect- it heals and regenerates tissues, strengthens the metabolism and benefits the skin.
- It aids the heart, thymus, lungs, and spleen.
- If placed on the abdomen, it aids in giving birth by strengthening the muscle contractions while lessening the pain.
- Peridot is also helpful in treating skin diseases and difficulties associated with the adrenal glands and endocrine systems.
- It is also used to treat fevers.
Other lores and Legends. It said that Peridot, August birthstone, can help with anger management, depression, recovery from a broken heart. The stone calms the nervous system, helping to dissolve emotional tensions and bringing balance to the system. It actually attracts love and calms raging anger from within. It alleviates jealousy, resentment, and spite, and reduces stress.
So who needs a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist. You just need a peridot. Problems solved. To learn more about the peridot, please check out the encyclopedia of gems.
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