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September has more than a few birthstones ranging in many colors. Two of our favorites are dark blue Lapis Lazuli and green Olivine Peridot.  Beautiful colors suitable for both men and women that pair incredibly together and with wood and other stones. Lapis and Peridot are versatile gemstones that can be worn for beauty and power not only in September but for other months and zodiac signs.

Pleasing-to-the-eye Peridot is the birthstone for Leo and those born in August, September, and October. The chartreuse lime colored gemstone is one of the most intriguing gems on Earth and one of the oldest as well. Records show the mineral was discovered over 4000 years ago on St. Johns Island off the coast of Egypt. The ancient Egyptians called Peridot the “evening emerald” because it glows brighter at night than an emerald. It was traditionally mined only at night because it was said to disappear in sunlight. Biblical recordings and jewelry from Cleopatra validate the historical journey Peridot has taken for ages.

Historically, Peridot was called the stone of springtime and was considered a protective gem believed to appear in dreams when there was pending danger. Physical benefits include a fountain of youth cell regeneration quality and healing capacity that applies to the organs in the abdomen. Today, Peridot is still used as protection against negative feelings and worn to bring prosperity and happiness.

Lovely Lapis is a birthstone for September and December as well as the planetary stone for Capricorn and the Zodiac stone for Virgo and Libra. Like Peridot, Lapis has been a prized gemstone since the beginning of recorded history; another favorite of Cleopatra who crushed the stone to wear it as eye shadow.  Catherine the Great had a room in her palace constructed entirely of Lapis during the Renaissance. Kings and queens have adorned Lapis for centuries showcasing its rich color and ornamental qualities in crowns, jewelry, architecture, and make-up.

Healing practices using Lapis have been applied since Ancient Egyptian times for releasing toxins and treating the ears, nose, and throat. Homeopathic practitioners have since discovered many additional uses like enhancing cardiac circulation and blood pressure, relieving eye infections and skin problems, and putting an insomniac to sleep.

Lapis Lazuli’s deep cobalt blue color with occasional flakes of gold pyrite is a symbol of royalty which carries through to its metaphysical energy empowering the wearer with leadership, wisdom, and insight. Executives and entrepreneurs can stimulate their problem solving and creative abilities and enhance their communication skills and memory retention.

Consider Lapis and Peridot to guide your intentions and to embellish yourself and your surroundings. September is a great time to add these stones to your collection not only to decorate your life but to improve health in the body and mind. Lapis and Peridot have been recognized by cultures, religions, and nobility and it is still one of the most sought after gemstones in modern times.