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Peridot A Gemstone Of Spiritual Purity
August's birthstone, Peridot, is a light green gem with a mystical history. Peridot is the Modern birthstone for people born during the month of August, with Jade as the Traditional birthstone. Star Sapphire, Alexandrite, and Carnelian as well as many other Pale Green Gemstones are considered the Alternative birthstones by Gem Dealers, Jewelry Designers, and Jewelry Manufacturers.
Pronounced "pear-a-doe, " Peridot belongs to a mineral
group known as Olivines. The yellowish green kind is called Chrysolite, a gem
mentioned in the Bible as one of the decorations on the high priest's
breastplate. The olive-green version is called Olivine. Sometimes called
"the poor man's emerald, " the name Peridot comes from a Greek word "faridat, "
which means "gem." It is also often referred to as "poor man's emerald".
The first documented source of Peridot was 4,000 years ago on an island off Egypt now called Zabargard. Early Crusaders called the isle on St. John's Island, and brought its green gems with them back to Europe. The ancients thought of Peridot as a springtime stone and considered it one of Mother Nature's gifts. However, if someone dreamed about Peridot, the dream was said to be a sign of coming danger. Christians also considered Peridot sacred. Today, Catholic bishops traditionally wear rings decorated with Peridot and amethyst, symbolizing the purity and morality of their church office.
As the stone assigned to those born in August, Peridot is
said to impart love, faithfulness, truth and loyalty to its wearers. It's also
thought to enhance prosperity, growth, and openness.
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