Passionate chameleon-like primaries; yellow, blue and red, are the key colours of August birthstones with the exception of the mighty-green peridot. Chrysolite or peridot is the most known and only truly-green gemstone of the nine birthstones associated with the big flashy personalities born in August. Peridot is especially significant for those fiery Leos born in August.
Peridot is gem-quality transparent olivine. Olivine (a relatively common silicate mineral) contains magnesium-rich fosterite and iron molecules. Formed deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolises the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occurs in only one color, olive green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the colour of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow—to olive—to brownish-green. The most valued colour is a dark olive-green.
A stone of compassion, peridot is believed to bring good health, restful sleep and peace to relationships by balancing emotions and mind. This transparent eye-catching green stone has many strong qualities from inspiring eloquence, creativity, delight and good cheer, attracting love, calming anger and providing a sense of renewal.
Peridot legend says that if the gem is set in gold (an influential metal for anyone born under the star sign, Leo), the stone will develop to its full potential as a talisman and will have the power to eradicate terrors of the night such as fearsome visions and nightmares.
Less known gemstones but equally passionate influences for the big personalities of August are:
Alexandrite – A chameleon- variety of chrysoberyl (called cat’s eye when yellow) that changes color between day and night. Chrysoberyl crystals are known to shift from green/blue to red/pink/purple with temperature changes (day to night). Wear Alexandrite for prosperity and longevity. It balances mind and emotions, pacifies the choleric soul and promotes spiritual growth.
Carnelian – Opaque red chalcedony. A stone for fire and passion worn to stimulate desire and attraction.
Diamond – The hardest and most marketable, highest ranked “precious” gem, worn throughout the ages as a symbol of indefinite, never-ending love and devotion. Found in almost every colour, yellow diamonds are the most rare and valued. Diamonds attract wealth and abundance acting as an amplifier of energies, goals and intent. Wear this “stone of invincibility’ for victory, superior strength, fortitude, courage, fearlessness, and supreme protection.
Moonstone –SIC simply can’t get enough of these glittery gifts of the goddess. https://www.sisterscollective.co.nz/?p=10853 The moonstone is characterised by an enchanting play of light or ‘adularescence‘, causing a shimmering of pale blue on an almost transparent background. The moonstone is a symbol of fertility, symbolises our being in its entirety, strengthening the emotions, intuition and our subconscious. A “lovers’ stone” that evokes tenderness, love and increases our capacity to understand.
Ruby – Another “precious” fire stone, sparkling transparent hues range from light pink, red through to deep magenta. Believed to boost courage, self-confidence, and stamina along with sensuality. This vivid stone of nobility can promote a clear mind, increased concentration and motivation, along with prosperity and achievement.
Sapphire – Shimmers with magnificent, translucent light to dark blue celestial hues. A stone of wisdom and royalty, prophecy and divine favour, forever associated with sacred things. The sapphire aids learning, mental acuity and spiritual truth. Aids healing to the mind, lending strength and focus.
Sardoynx – An opaque variety of red-yellow or blue onyx with red banding especially good for boosting bravery and courage.
Topaz – A transparent gemstone most widely known as a yellow(ish) or blue hues. This August birthstone is believed to stimulate optimism and increase strength. Topaz is a crystal of truth and forgiveness. A symbol of chastity, happiness, true friendship and hope. It can aid the wearer to find their true purpose and destiny.