Ever wondered what is the birthstone for August? Well it’s a unique, olive-green stone found in lava, meteorites, and deep in the Earth’s mantle called peridot, and is commonly regarded as the August birthstone. We delve a little deeper into what peridot means and the history of the August birthstone meaning. Shop all peridot jewellery.
Centuries ago many people believed that the power of birthstones was increased if worn during its corresponding month, and so people would wear a different stone each month. Fast-forward a few hundred years and now it is much more common for people to just wear the stone that represents the month of their birth. Celebrate an August birthday with a beautiful piece of peridot jewellery.
Peridot is a type of olivine, which is a common mineral found in the Earth’s subsurface; so peridot can be found in lava and meteorites. Along with diamonds, peridot is one of only two gems formed not in the Earth’s crust, but instead in molten rock of the upper mantle and is only brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. Peridot has been mined for thousands of years and beads were made by the Egyptians as early as 1580 - 1350BC.
August birthstone meaning has been debated throughout history. Commonly linked with the sun and the light since the earliest civilisations, August birthstone meaning has been celebrated for its protective powers to drive away the forces of darkness. Egyptians named it the ‘gem of the sun’, and others believed it could protect them from the ‘terrors of the night’. In an early Greek manuscript it states that peridot confers royal dignity on its bearer, and in the 11th century a French bishop declared that to protect oneself from evil spirits, one must pierce a peridot and string it on to the hair of an ass, before tying it around the left arm.
Today one of the most popular views regarding the August birthstone meaning is that it brings openness and acceptance to the intellectual pursuit in matter of relationships and love. Peridot is still believed to help protect the aura, overcome fear, depression and other psychological disturbances, as well as releasing jealousies, resentment and spite in order to move forward. It can be used to manifest abundance in all areas of a person’s life: wealth, happiness, health and love.
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