August: Peridot


Your horoscope can often subscribe to plenty of personal characteristics. For some, it can provide insight as to their inner selves and subconscious needs and wants. For others, it’s a way to rationalize sending that risky text message, or buying a brand new couch.

However, with all the waxing poetic to be had in Capricorn moons and Leo suns, some would prefer a more concrete, tangible method of finding themselves.

Some would say Birthstones are the literal crystallization of the months in a year. Originating from the bible, In Exodus 28, Moses creates a special breastplate for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. Specifically, the breastplate was to contain twelve precious gemstones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. These twelve stones were later assigned to the Zodiac, and as a result, became symbolic for all twelve months, respectively.

You could name your zodiac and horoscope, and the features that come with the assignment, but every birthstone possesses unique traits and personality themselves. Have you ever asked yourself if you’re as steadfast as a ruby? Or as richly reflective as a diamond? Let’s find out!

How similar are you to your birthstone?

Peridot is a curious green stone with a curious place in ancient history, and even more curious origins. Discovered on the Island of Topaz in Egypt, 1500 B.C., Peridot typically forms in magma, brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity, and is also believed to occur in asteroids, appearing at impact sites and craters. Because of the volatile nature of these environments, gem-grade Peridot is difficult to come by, despite the abundance of its parent mineral, Olivine.

Greatly revered by early civilizations, Peridot was believed to have a multitude of physical and psychological benefits, including spiritual harmony, inner radiance, restful sleep, and peacefulness. It also touts the ability to banish fears and nightmares when set in gold, as seen here in this 0.55 Carat Princess Cut Peridot Solitaire Pendant in Yellow Gold. With this in mind, it’s no wonder Peridot is often called “The stone of compassion”.

In addition, unlike most precious stones, Peridot exclusively appears in shades of green, and has been mistaken for Emerald throughout history. In fact, it is believed that many ancient Emerald treasures spoken of in scripture and other records are actually Peridot.

If Peridot is your birthstone, you don’t find yourself weighed down by minor grievances. You are always looking, thinking and feeling beyond your physical body, whilst remaining present and grateful in the moment. You exude peace of mind, and those who seek out your words you can usually expect some deep and peaceful wisdom. You don’t get involved in drama, but are a good listener, though you are more inclined to tackle the root of a problem from a metaphysical perspective than send a mean text. Your ultimate solution to any problem, however, is a nap.

Written by Annahis Basmadjian

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