August's Birthstone: Peridot

Wear peridot, or for thee
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone
'Tis said, must live unloved, and lone.

Peridot is also called Olivine, Olivine is a group of minerals that all have a similar chemical composition, the only difference in the chemical composition is that the members of the Olivine group is the presence of elements Iron (Fe), Magnesium (Ma) and/or Manganese (Mn). The members of this group are the following: Fayalite, Forserite, Olivine and Tefroite. Chrysolite is the yellow to golden green variety of Olivine and is considered the most valuable of this group. The name Peridot is used for the bottle green to olive green Forsterite or Fayalite, and these stones are also of gemstone quality. The colour of the members of the Olivine group varies from black through olive green to yellow green. Olivine crystals are formed deep within the earth under extreme heat and pressure. Thanks to seismic activity and volcanic eruptions the crystals are blown to the earth's surface. Olivine crystals are found in areas where volcanoes are active, like i.e. Hawaii and also on the Canary Islands, especially on Lanzarote. When you're in luck you will be able to find small rough crystals on one of these islands.

The name Olivine is a translation of olive green, a colour that many of the members of this group display, the name Peridot is derived from the Arabic and signifies gemstone. The variety Chrysolite is named after its golden yellow colour and can be translated as golden stone, chrysos is the Greek word for gold and lithos means stone in Greek.

Although Peridot/Olivine has been known in the Middle East for a long time; the Crusaders introduced this stone in Europe in the Middle Ages. They obtained these stones through trading but also through looting. Peridot has been mined since 1500 BCE on the Egyptian island Zebirget in the Red Sea; the stone was loved by many pharaohs in Egypt - this resulted in the following: an Egyptian pharaoh made sure that all the poisonous snakes were driven off the island Zebirget so the workers could exploit the mines without problems. Many of the Peridots brought home by the Crusaders found their 'homes' in the Roman Catholic churches and were introduced as Emeralds. To this day many Peridots can be found in Catholic churches, like in the Vatican and the Cathedral of Cologne, but the British Royal family also owns a vast collection of Peridots, which can be seen at the Tower of London.

Peridot is mostly known for its extreme powerful healing properties with regards to serious illnesses like cancer and AIDS, this stone can provide wonderful results for those that suffer from these illnesses. This beautiful green stone dispels melancholy and depressions and also diminishes egoism and jealousy. Peridot may be used to diminish mood swings and outbursts of anger and gives one that extra support after recovering from illness and operations. Peridot strengthens the immune system and diminishes weather related sensitivity. This stone positively influences the blood; it strengthens blood circulation and stimulates the making of bone marrow and white blood cells. Peridot positively influences the organs and glands; it may be used to diminish swollen glands, but also helps to distribute adrenaline in the body. This stone strengthens the heart and protects against heart disorders and arrhythmia, also wearing a Peridot positively influences the liver, kidneys and spleen. Next to that this stone is very good for intestines and intestinal infections.

Peridot strengthens the stomach, and helps diminish an access of stomach acid, eructations and ulcers. All kinds of skin disorders can be healed and diminished by Peridot, especially eczema and all different varieties of the herpes virus, which manifest with skin rashes and itching, like chicken pocks, shingles and cold sores. Peridot can be of great help during childbirth; it opens the birthing canal and stimulates contractions - after the delivery it can be very helpful to dispel postpartum depression. This green stone is an excellent protection stone to the point where it places a protective shield around its wearer to protect him/her against negative influences. However this shield can pose a problem when you wish to align the chakras - this is why it is advisable not to wear this stone when you wish to balance the chakras. Peridot stimulates clairvoyance, spiritual growth and insight in divination. In magic Peridot is used for healing and it is also used to attract luck and wealth as well as love.

Peridot strengthens the energies of the following Bach Flower Remedies: Beech, Gorse, Hornbeam, Rock Water & Water Violet.

Medical Disclaimer

Although gemstones can help the healing process, we would like to stress that if you have severe and persistent complaints you should consult your G.P. or specialist! Gemstone therapy cannot replace medication. The remedies listed on this website are given as information, not as prescriptions or medical advice and cannot be held responsible for your choice to use gemstones instead of consulting a specialist or G.P. Should you choose to use a natural method or gemstone therapy for treating your ailments, the legal responsibility is your own.