The Leo Birthstone and for 16th Wedding Anniversary jewelry

Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved alone.

What are Peridots?
What exactly are Peridots? Learn about the gemstone before you buy Turquoise jewelry and gifts. The definition of a Peridot is as follows:

  • The word Peridot is derived from the Greek word "faridat " which means "gem". The peridot (pronounced pear-a-doe) is a pale green variety of chrysolite and used as a gemstone

  • The crystal structure of the Peridot (magnesium iron silicate) the August birthstone, is orthorhombic

  • The Peridot is one of the few gemstones that come in only one color

  • Like diamonds, gemstones are graded by color, cut, clarity and carat weight

  • The depth of green depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure. It is also often referred to as "poor man's emerald".

The Colors of Peridots
Peridots come in a wide range of natural green colors and shades. The favored color is sparkling pale green color but it also occurs in lime, yellowish green, olive green or medium dark green. Color is mainly caused by the gemstones's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color. In gemstones, color consists of three components:

  • Hue - the first impression of the color
  • Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
  • Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid

Birthstone Facts and Information about Peridots
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about the Peridot:

  • The Peridot is the birthstone of the month of August
  • Peridots are also the Wedding anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Leo dates: July 23 - August 23
  • Leo - The Fifth Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Lion
  • Ruling Planet of Leo: The Sun
  • Alternate Birthstones of Leo: Onyx, Diamonds, Carnelians, Sardonyx and Rubies

Symbolism, Significance and Properties of Peridots
The properties with which the Peridot, the birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Leo, is associated are as follows:

  • Love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty

  • Fame, dignity, and protection

  • The Peridot is also used to enhance prosperity, growth, and openness.

Healing Properties of the Peridot
The healing properties of the Leo birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:

  • Lungs, lymph

  • Breast and sinuses

Peridots Jewelry
Peridots jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Peridot is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Sun with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem. Learn about the gemstone before you buy Turquoise jewelry and gifts. All different types of jewelry containing Peridots are available including:

  • Peridot bangle
  • Peridot beads
  • Peridot bracelets
  • Peridot pendants
  • Peridot earrings
  • Peridot necklaces
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