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Monday, August 09, 2010

August is Peridot!

Wear a peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
‘Tis said, must live unloved; alone.
-Gregorian Birthstone Poem

Happy Birthday August!  As school starts up again and it is back to the normal routine, it is just so easy to get caught up in the stress of everyday life and forget to value nature.  What better way to remind yourself than with your very own birthstone, Peridot?

Historically, Peridot has always been viewed as a way to connect with nature.  Egyptian priests drank a stimulating drink called Soma from cups made of Peridot because they thought it would help bring them closer to their goddess of nature. 

Peridot and Rose Quartz 

The gem itself is formed as a result of volcanic activity—a fantastic remembrance of the awesomeness of nature.  Peridot was found on the black sand beaches of Hawaii where natives believed that they were tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. 

 Ancients believed that Peridot would protect against evil and had many uses in medicine.  When set in gold was it was thought to be especially helpful in preventing night terrors.  It was also thought of as a remedy for asthma and a cure for thirst when ground into a powder. 

As a gift, Peridot is a symbol of vitality and signifies strength and the promise of new growth in years ahead.  It is a fantastic gift to remind someone special of the endless possibilities of the future! 

By Guest Blogger, Jenny Kaplan

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