The birthstone for August is Peridot and it is the gemstone for the 16th anniversary marrriage.
Peridot been regarded since antiquity as a symbol of the sun, in the Middle Ages, peridot was worn to ward off evil spirits.
Peridot comes naturally from Norway, the islands of the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites.
Peridot color varies from olive green to lime, sometimes with a brownish tinge. The green color is due to the presence of iron, while the brown color indicates high iron content.
It is supposed to bring luck to the bearer, peace and success. Its powers include health, protection, and sleep. The advantages of peridot are to attract love and calm anger while soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.
The peridot is formed as a result of volcanic activity.
Throughout history, August stone has been used as a way to connect with nature.
Peridot name comes from the Arabic word “faridat” meaning gem. The ancient Egyptians called the “jewel in the sun” because of its dazzling brilliance seen the desert sun.
Peridot jewelry can have more sentimental value than monetary value for many. The deeply entrenched spiritual value that some place on the stone can make jewelry pieces wonderful, family heirlooms to pass down as symbols of spiritual love and growth. The stone is believed by many to have powers of protection, healing and money. For someone looking for a gift to symbolize health and good fortune a piece of fine jewelry can be perfect.
Birthstone substitute for August, Sardonyx is a type of transparent or opaque quartz alternating parallel bands of reddish brown and black. This stone was worn as a talisman by the Egyptians to protect against infections and evil. Today, it is polished and engraved with beautiful beads and cameos. Sardonyx is mined in India, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Brazil and Uruguay. A gift of this stone is considered a symbol of happiness within a relationship.