Leos are regal individuals, with an aura of royalty that surrounds them. They also enjoy being fawned upon and appreciate material comforts and luxuries. They value loyalty above everything and are extremely generous and giving to those who they are close to.
Leo Birthstone: Peridot
Leo Dates: July 23-August 22
Leo Zodiac Symbol: Lion
Leo Ruling Planet: Sun
Leo Ruling Element: Fire
Those born under the zodiac sign of Leo are passionate beings; Their zodiac symbol, the mighty lion, is the king of the jungle. The zodiac birthstone for Leo is the lush green Peridot that bears a close resemblance to nature’s most loved hue.
Leos as individuals are generally very dynamic people, the star sign is ruled by the sun and their element is fire. They’re confident and enjoy being the centre of attention. Their zodiac birthstone is also very unique and striking. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that has only one colour. This gemstone is believed to help its wearer become more powerful and influential, a trait that Leos find especially attractive.
Leo Birthstone Colour: Lush Green
Peridot is the zodiac birthstone of Leo. It is special in that it is one of the few gemstones that have a narrow range of colour – this is between brown-green to yellowish green and pure green. Those who love peridot jewellery and jewellery makers as well usually choose the bright yellowish green hue, which is more available and affordable than the rare grass-green variety.
Peridot has been admired for thousands of years and the ancient Egyptians believed it to be associated with the sun, protecting those who wore it against the dangers of the night and evil spirits. It’s brilliant green colour led those in medieval times to mistake the gem for the much rare emerald.
An interesting fact about this startlingly coloured gem is that, besides being formed inside the earth and expelled through volcanos where it has been discovered, peridot also has fascinating other origins. Some varieties of this gem are said to have reached the earth from outer space, in meteorites. These specimens are extremely rare and you won’t find jewels showcases this extraterrestrial peridot in the market any time soon!
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Benefits of Peridot
Peridot has many positive influences on the life of a Leo. This stone can help minimise those not so favourable traits that Leos sometimes possess. The green gem helps Leos gain wisdom and understanding, making them more attuned to others and giving them a greater sense of humility.
Peridot encourages the nurturing and caring traits that Leos possess toward the people they love, making them more compassionate and even more generous.
The stone is believed to help its wearer’s prosper in their careers and personal lives, and at the same time, it softens the hard exterior that makes them hide their true selves from the world in order to keep up appearances.
Wearing peridot is thought to help physically as well – problems related to the lungs, respiratory problems, breast tumours and cancers and sinus issues are all thought to benefit from wearing this stone.
Leos can also benefit from wearing a range of other gemstones such as diamond, ruby, sardonyx and carnelian.
Where to buy Peridot
Peridots under 3 carats are easily available and relatively affordable. They make for beautiful jewellery pieces because of their stunning colour. Those stones above 5 carats are quite rare and therefore costly but not as much as other gems such as rubies and emeralds, which makes even large peridot stones a good choice for precious jewellery.
Peridot jewellery is available at most branded jewellery stores, usually under their birthstone collections. You can search for birthstone jewellery at Indian websites such as CaratLane and Amazon.
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For those staying abroad, brands like Zales, Macy’s, Amazon.com, Bluenile.com and Etsy sell zodiac birthstone jewellery in varying price ranges.
Peridot is a unique and beautiful stone with many believed benefits to those who are born under the zodiac star sign of Leo. The best part? Peridots are not as expensive as many coloured gemstones, making purchasing jewels with multiple stones or a stone in a higher carat weight relatively affordable. The stunning bright hue makes these jewels meaningful as well as a striking and beautiful.
Have a good year, Leos! 🙂
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