August; Represented By Peridot
For very many years now, different precious stones have been associated with different months of
the year. Known as birthstones, each gemstone has its own history and meaning it behind it. In a
similar way to horoscopes, the meaning behind these is something that is believed by others whilst
others are sceptical about it. That said, even if you don’t believe in what the birthstone represents,
gemstones are beautiful and make for stunning pieces of jewellery and August is no exception. If you were born in August then your birth is represented by Peridot, an olive green gem that is one of the few stones that doesn’t come in different colours.
The History of Peridot
It is thought that many years ago, the peridot stone and topaz were often confused for another as they can have similar colours and tones. When Egyptians identified peridot, they knew it as the
Gemstone of the Sun and Romans were thought to have called it the Evening Emerald – both due to the fact the stone itself shines bright green, even at night. That said, unlike other stones where
colours can vary peridot stones are always green, even if that shade of green varies slightly.
If you wanted to find peridot stones yourself, you would need to travel to parts of Egypt, Pakistan,
Mexico or the USA.
The Meaning Behind Peridot
Peridot is a bright green gemstone that is believed to bring good health and encourage good sleep. It is thought to balance people’s emotions and clear their mind, which means to bring peace to relationships. Due to the fact it clears the mind of worries; many people also believe it inspires
happiness and creativity. Some people also believe peridot can help with the treatment of medical ailments. Some people choose to wear it to bring on labour or help you absorb more goodness from foods and drinks you have throughout the day. It is also thought to have a positive spiritual energy.
Why Buy Peridot Jewellery?
If you’re looking for a piece of jewellery that has a beautiful green gemstone, then something
featuring peridot may well be the right choice for you. This stone is relatively hardy and therefore if looked after correct would last for very many years.
If you’re looking to buy something special for a loved one born in August, then something that could be considered a keepsake is often a wonderful idea. Buying a lovely piece of jewellery for someone else is always a lovely thought and if you combine this with the fact you have bought something that represents their birth month, you’re onto a winner.
The peridot doesn’t just represent the month of August, but it is always traditionally given to
celebrate 16 years of marriage –and so, that could be something to think about if you’re looking to buy something for your spouse and are approaching this milestone.
Looking After Your Peridot Jewellery
Unlike lots of gemstones, the colour of your peridot stone won’t be affected by sunlight, however,
changes in temperature or rapid changes in heat can cause the stone is fracture or break, so this is something that you should avoid. With any precious gemstones, it is recommended that you store them in a place that is unlikely to experience any extreme temperature changes.
When storing jewellery, one thing to consider is that metal can damage other metal when they
scratch or rub together. It is recommended that you get a jewellery box with a soft cloth lining and separate sections for each of your pieces so you can avoid this happening.
If you need to clean your jewellery, never use household cleaning products. Anything that contains
bleach or strong chemicals has a chance it will damage both the stone and the metal within your
jewellery. Instead, take your time cleaning it in warm soapy water – avoid swishy the water around
too much, bearing in mind the side of a basin could easily chip your stone if they are bashed
together. Use a soft brush if you have a need to clean it and always dry it properly usually a soft
towel. The stone itself is relatively hardy, but you definitely want to avoid being too overzealous
with cleaning. Peridot makes a lovely gift for someone else or a cheeky treat for yourself. Just make sure you research who you are going to buy from and ensure that what you’re getting is genuine. When you do have it, look after it and you’ll find you have something that lasts for years – what a lovely thing to pass through the generations of your family.