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August Birthstones

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.

And, there are also flowers associated with birth months.  The flowers for August birthdays are poppies and gladilous.

poppies

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.

peridot

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.

The word ‘carnelian’ comes from Middle French,  similar t0 Old French ‘cornele’ or  ‘kornel cherry‘ .  Some speculate the spelling is influenced bythe Latin word carneus – meaning flesh-coloured.

Carnelian Deco Drop Earrings
Carnelian is known for its powers of protection and guard against evil.  This brilliant orange stone enhances courage, ambition, and creativity; and heightens sexuality and sensuality.

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’:

August

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.

 

September

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….

Go Green With Emeralds

Emerald is the birthstone for those born in May, and the astrological birthstone for those born under the zodiac sign of Gemini.  There are also flowers associated with birth months – the flower for May is hawthorn.

hawthorn

The name emerald is derived from the Greek word ‘smaragdos‘ ; and from the French ‘esmeralde’, meaning ‘green gem’.

Emeralds come from the beryl family of minerals. The green color you see with your eye is due to aluminum silicates, chromium and vanadium – giving the usually colorless beryl its deep green color.

Okay, your science lesson is over for the day. Let’s get to the fun stuff!

Emeralds are traditionally thought to enhance the clairvoyance of their wearers – they sharpen the memory, and quicken the intelligence.

Considered by many to be a stone of prophecy, emeralds enhance one’s intellectual capabilities & wisdom. The are also believed to bring good luck, faith, and harmony.

emerald rondelles

A symbol of psychic powers, purity and immortality, emeralds were highly prized by the Ancients as the gemstone of love and rebirth.

Emeralds were often carried by sailors due to the belief that they could calm seas and ensure safe travels, bringing good fortune to those that possessed them.

A sacred stone of the goddess Venus, emeralds were thought to preserve love, beauty and fidelity. It is thought that if an Emerald is given by one lover to another, it will pale and grow dull as their love fades.

The Ancient Egyptians believed that their god Thoth gave them the gift of emerald and that the stone symbolized the seasons of spring. For this reason, the Egyptians dedicated the emerald to eternal youth, and it is sometimes call the stone of spring’.

emerald and quartz pendant

emerald and quartz pendant

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.  My  favorite section of this book contains the most charming short poems for each month – ‘Sentiments of The Months’:

May

Who first beholds the light of day

In spring’s sweet flow’ry month of May,

And wears an emerald all her life,

Shall be a loved and happy wife.

No happier wife and mother in the land

Than she with emerald shining on her hand.

 

Up next month for June – Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone and Agate – it’s going to be one big party!

Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite stone and why…talk to you soon!