The August Birthstone
What is the Birthstone for August?
The August Birthstone is Peridot and this beautiful bright green gemstone is often used in silver jewellery designs.
August Birthstone and Zodiac Sign
The birthstones for Zodiac signs aren’t always the same as the Birthstone month. Because the dates for zodiac cross over the jewellery industry set months to make it easier to remember.
So the corresponding zodiac signs for August are Leo July 23rd - August 22nd and Virgo August 23rd to September 23rd.
The birthstone for Leo is beautiful green Peridot and the birthstone for Virgo is a gorgeous deep blue Lapis Lazuli or Sapphire.
Where is the Peridot found?
Peridot is sourced from the United States, Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Russia, Sri Lanka and the Canary Islands. This lovely gemstone is easily obtained but good quality larger stones can be rare to find. Therefore Peridot is usually cut into smaller gemstone sizes for jewellery making.
The Peridot gemstone colour is a gorgeous bright green but can also be found as a yellowish-green which looks beautifully vibrant.
It is believed that birthstones originate from the bible when Moses sets forth directions for making special garments for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. Specifically, the breastplate was to contain twelve precious gemstones. These represent the twelve tribes of Israel. These 12 stones became linked to the zodiac signs and then to the months of the year.
August Birthstone Meaning
This semi-precious stone believed to be a powerful cleanser, opening the heart chakra, which enables the release of negative past events. Peridot brings confidence allowing assertion without aggression and motivates personal growth. This gemstone is great for bringing a sense of self-worth and well-being and believed to keep away evil. Often seen as a protective stone this gemstone helps to bring wellbeing and promotes clarity of mind.