Hello – the August birthstone post is here! Peridot is the birthstone for those born in August (Carnelian is an alternative natal stone), and the astrological birthstone for those born under the zodiac sign of Virgo.
Let’s begin with peridot. In my research, I was surprised to find two different pronunciations for peridot – ‘pear-a-doe’ or ‘per-i-dot’ – who knew!
The word ‘peridot’ comes from the Arabic word faridat meaning “gem”.
In mineralogy, peridot is sometimes referred to as olivine, due to its olive-green color which comes from it’s chemical composition a magnesium iron silicate. In ancient times, peridot was known as chrysolite.
Peridot was believed to be the ‘stone of springtime’ by ancients, who considered it a true gift from Mother Nature.
A stone of lightness and beauty, peridot was believed to be a gem of the sun by Ancient Egyptians – they used peridot to give them power, and to protect against nightmares & evil spirits – including the evil eye!
This brilliant green gem – peridot – is believed to enhance success and power. It is also thought to attract love and friendship, as well as peace and good luck.
Next up – Carnelian – the less traditional birthstone for August…..
Carnelian is a member of the cryptocrystalline quartz family which basically means it is composed of microscopically small crystals. These small crystals are commonly known as chalcedony.
Aside from charts and articles I have collected over the years, the majority of the information for this post (and future posts) comes from a wonderful used book I found on gemstones by George Frederick Kunz.
In his book, Carnelian is listed as the gemstone for August, while peridot (chrysolite) is listed as the birthstone for September; so, I have listed both poems for your reading pleasure!
‘Sentiments of The Months’:
Wear a carnelian or for thee
No conjugal felicity;
The august-born without this stone,
“Tis said, must live unloved, alone.
She, loving once and always, wears, if wise,
Carnelian – and her home is paradise.
A maid born when September leaves
Are rustling in the autumn breeze,
A chrysolite on brow should bind –
“Twill cure diseases of the mind.
If chrysolite upon her brow is laid,
Follies and dark delusions flee afraid.
What stone would you want to wear as your birthstone? Let me know in the comments below….