Peridot – The Magical Birthstone of August

It’s time to celebrate this month’s birthstone: Peridot. This lovely green stone has had a colorful past with many magical qualities. Peridot has been a vibrant part of history since the Egyptians. In fact, this gemstone was said to be a favorite with Cleopatra. Some believe the emeralds she wore in her jewelry were actually peridot stones. The ancient Romans also valued the peridot’s lovely green shade. The incredible shine it produces does not change in the light, even artificial light, so the Romans referred to peridot as “the emerald of the evening.”

Over the years, peridot has been believed to hold many magical powers. It is meant to bring good luck, success and health to those who wear it. Peridot is also used as protection from nightmares and to dispel negative emotions, along with attracting love.

You can shop for the peridot gemstones at Artbeads.com, as well as coordinating crystal colors like Swarovski’s Olivine. It’s no wonder why this beautiful green stone is a popular summer color—only fitting that it represents a warm month of August.

-Marissa

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    When I was younger, I hated having peridot as a birthstone. Growing up less than an hour from Volcanoes National Park, peridot = olivine formed in volcanic eruptions (so small and low quality).

    Now that I’m older (and in the military with lots of friends coming back from Afghanistan with a gem or two), I have to admit there are some very beautiful peridot coming out of the AF/PAK area!

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    I LOVE peridot and was hoping my little girl would wait to be born until August. Got my wish, she was born Aug.11, 2011. A beautiful girl with an awesome birthstone!

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