Peridot: The August Birthstone

The Peridot is a highly coveted gemstone that is known to form on Earth’s Mantle and can also be found in space. The August birthstone is the only gemstone to come in the same shade of green and it has been sought after for generations due to its clarity and association with light.


Peridot, the August birthstone has been coveted throughout history as far back as Ancient Egypt. The main source of stone in the ancient world were the banks of the Egyptian Red Sea. The stone was known to hold great power and was often used as talismans to ward away evil. 

In many areas of the world, cups or drinking objects made of Peridot were used in healing because it was believed to be more effective. Many also thought the engraving of a totem on these cups allowed the stone to have control over various demonic spirits as well as the winds.

In the middle ages, Europeans discovered Peridot stones during the Crusades and used them to decorate their cathedrals and relics. Peridot became a symbol of the holy.  One famous large peridot gem adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the cathedral at Cologne was for centuries believed to be an emerald, and only identified as Peridot.

In 1912, the Peridot of made the official birthstone of August by the  National Association of Jewelers 


The Peridot color can be described as yellow-green. The green is a golden olive tone. The proportion of iron naturally present in the stone causes the shade and depth of the color. The deeper the green, the smaller the amount of iron. While it is not particularly brilliant, the richness of its color is beautiful.

Like most natural gemstones, the Peridot does not form flawlessly. They are formed directly from the Earth which creates unique inclusions to appear. As the Earth's magma slowly cooled to form igneous rock, Peridot was formed. These rich deposits are known to still be visible in Egypt.

Peridot is not only born in the mantle of the Earth, but it is also said to come from space. Although many different gems can be found in meteorites that have fallen to Earth, Peridot is one of the more precious stones.

Special Properties

The color of the Peridot stone is known to help cure diseases of the liver and digestion. Many used the stone to heal illnesses like ulcers and constipation. If placed on the abdomen, it was known to help in giving birth by strengthening the muscle contractions and lessening pain.

Peridot is also very beneficial when it comes to treating psychological afflictions as well. It is a stone of lightness that counters the effects of negative emotions. It fosters emotional balance, security, and inner peace. Known to be calming to the nervous system, Peridot is also useful in promoting sleep. 

Peridot opens, cleanses the heart, which can help to release baggage. It teaches that holding onto the past is counter productive. It assists in moving forward rapidly in therapeutic situations. It also helps you understand your destiny and spiritual purpose, helping you attain your full potential.

The Peridot stone can be extremely beneficial to those who are having depression. The stone enhances confidence and assertion without aggression. It helps a person see their own light and recognize that they are deserving of love. It also helps those who feel they have little personal power as working with the stone or keeping one with you will give you that extra boost you might need. It is stimulating to one's energy level, promoting vitality both physiologically and psychologically. It is invigorating and rejuvenating, promoting access to one's inner vision and joy.

Final Thoughts

Peridot is an incredibly compassionate gemstone that attributes eloquence and creativity to the wearer. This birthstone is at its highest peak of power during the month of August. Its value carries great weight in delight and good cheer.

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