August Birth Stones

I use birthstones as an excuse to highlight different stones in the course of the year. Remember, you can use the energy of the stone at any time, no matter when you were born.

Modern – Peridot –
Peridot is the only stone that comes in only one color, although the green/yellow comes in various shades.
Peridot is said to be the stone that helps one cultivate a positive attitude and protects the wearer from negativity, and as such, reduces stress. Indo-Iranians, Vedic and Persian cultures valued Peridot for ritual cleansings and healings.

Mystical – Diamond – Diamonds are said to magnify energy of other crystal healing tools. Diamonds do not lose their power or luster over time. Since ancient times diamonds have represented the purity and faithfulness of love. Diamonds are a symbol of abundance in physical life.

Ayurvedic – Sapphire –
Sapphire is said to promote dreaming, astral travel and the ability to bring the information into consciousness. This stone is used for healing and spiritual growth. Healers sometimes use Blue Sapphire with the throat chakra to promote communication, and self expression. Blue Sapphire fosters loyalty, commitment, and fidelity. According the Bible, Blue Sapphire was one of the original stones in the breast plate of the High Priests.

Since 1912 the “modern” birthstone list is generally used by jewelers to define the month stones.

The mystical birthstone list is originally from Tibet and dates back over a thousand years.

The Ayurvedic birthstone list is the oldest, dating from 1500 B.C. in ancient India.