For those born in the month of August, the magical, healing Peridot is the traditional birthstone. This striking August birthstone is associated with love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty, attested to in the poem: “Wear a Peridot or for thee, No conjugal fidelity, The August born without this stone, `Tis said, must live unloved alone.” It is thought the name ‘Peridot’ originally comes from the Arabic word faridat, meaning “gem”, although it is also commonly believed the word comes from an alteration of the Anglo–Norman pedoretés, a kind of opal. Peridot is a gem-quality variety of olivine – a mineral that is composed of magnesium-iron silicates. They are one of the few gemstones that only occur in one colour, a bright, transparent lime green – one of the reasons why they are sometimes mistaken for emeralds. Geologically, Peridot is most commonly mined in Arizona, USA, however other sources include China, Myanmar and Pakistan. Peridot is amongst the oldest known gemstones, revered since ancient times as the symbol of the sun. For ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, the Peridot was a popular choice of gemstone used for many things from playing games to jewellery or warding off evil spirits. In fact the Greeks even believed that the stone brought royal dignity upon its wearer. The ancients were right in their use of Peridot for its spiritual properties, as this powerful stone is a great protector against negative emotions, alleviating jealousy, resentment, hatred and greed and putting them in a place where they don’t interfere with your life. It can also give you a better understanding of the relationships in your life, protecting you from heartache and clearing your thoughts, allowing you to see them in a different light. Physically, the Peridot provides a shield around our bodies while strengthening the immune system and metabolism. It has assisted in giving birth, regenerating tissues and organs, and even strengthening ones eyesight. This warm and friendly stone will help with all kinds of compulsive behaviour and addiction, and is particularly useful for alcoholism, and insomnia. Arouse your senses and use your birthstone in healing or meditation. Peridot sends its energies to the heart chakra, saturating it with positive energy and encouraging mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. Peridot can help the wearer working on the heart chakra to learn to live from the heart and experience universal love. The eye-catching lime green Peridot, makes it a popular gem used in birthstone jewellery. The very spiritual may want to wear Peridot on the body at the level of the heart chakra. Including Peridot in a necklace or pendant can be a great choice, with the stone at the base of the throat in order to feel its soothing effect. Some celebrities have been known to swear by the virtues of birthstone gems, and Peridot in particular. The current month of August includes notable birthdays of figures such as Barack Obama, the late Michael Jackson, and Halle Berry. Peridot works at its strongest for those born in August, so there is no better gift than this cleansing crystal for someone who is celebrating a birthday this month. If you or someone you love were born under the protection of Peridot, Psychic Light would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday.