MOTD & OOTD for August’s Birthstone: Peridot

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Peridot pic via Photobucket.  Peridot info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies.  Yesterday’s outfit was inspired by August’s birth stone, Peridot.  Although this birthstone is not as popular as some of the others, peridot is one of my favorite gemstones.  The vivid, lime green is hard to resist and it looks great against black.

Peridots (along with diamonds) are the only gemstones that are not formed within the Earth’s crust.  Peridots are formed from molten rock of the Earth’s upper crust, brought forth by the force of volcanoes and earthquakes.  With it’s lime- to olive-green color, peridots represent late summer and early fall, when the leaves start to change from bright green to red, yellow, and then brown.  Peridot was known as the “true Topaz” in ancient times, which comes from Topazos, named after Topazios Island in the Red Sea where the gem was first discovered.  The Egyptians held a monopoly over Topazios Island and was mined exclusively for kings.  “Peridot” comes from the Arabic word for “gem”, which is faridat.  Today, Peridot is still the National Gemstone of Egypt.

 

PERIDOT INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Extreme Gem

COLORS: Yellowish-green to olive green

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0

TYPE: Olivine

ZODIAC SIGN: Libra (September 23 – October 22)

DEITY: Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes.  Also honors Pax, Roman goddess of peace and prosperity, and Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of fortune and abundance. 

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Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes (Image source)

 

DIVINATION: “Rely on luck and take a chance on a new offer or opportunity rather than holding back.”

CHAKRA: Heart (4)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Balances the endocrine system, supports the digestive system, and helps strengthen the eyes in relation to nearsightedness and astigmatism.

 

Here’s what I wore for Peridot.  It’s still summer, so I wore clothing that is lightweight.  All of my clothes were purchased on Amazon and Ebay.

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Short black dress (D9), Black leggings (P5), Lace top (S16), Tabi boots (B8)

 

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All jewelry purchased on Etsy. Green bindi: Aurora Eventide, Black choker w/ green gems: Aeon Leather, Silver key necklace: Fuchsia Bloom Studio

 

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Here’s my face.  This green bindi is one of my favorite ones.  The green is vivid and so pretty.  Instead of eyeliner on my bottom lids, I applied 3 coats of mascara.  I think I like this look and it’s good for an older face.

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Below my signature is another OOTD video.  I’m dancing a little bit in this video and I swear that I’m a better dancer than this!  The focus was on the outfit and makeup, so I wasn’t too focused on what I was doing.  Oh, wells. 

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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OOTD & Makeup for August’s Birthstone: Peridot

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Peridot pics via Flickr (Creative Commons).  Peridot gif via Photobucket.  Peridot info via American Gem Society®.

Here we are with the Peridot, the birthstone for August.  The color of green fairies, poison, and absinthe, this is another one of my favorite birthstones.  Although shades ranging from yellowish- to olive green are the most popular for peridots, they also come in shades of brown.  Peridots are believed to “host magical properties” and are used to protect the wearer from nightmares.  They are also worn to “bring power and influence” and a “wonderful year” to the wearer. 

Peridots are formed deep inside the Earth and “brought to the surface by volcanoes”.  In Hawaii, this stone often symbolizes the “tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes”.  Nowadays, most of these stones are produced in Arizona.  Other sources of peridots are Pakistan, Myanmar, and China.

From TOP to BOTTOM: Raw peridots in brown and green; polished peridots in olive green; polished and faceted peridot in chartreuse
From TOP to BOTTOM: Raw peridots in brown and green; polished peridots in olive green; polished and faceted peridot in chartreuse

 

Here’s my outfit from yesterday.  Without realizing it, I decided to wear 3 of my favorite pieces: my black feather hair clip, silver spike earrings, and what I call my “goddess dress”:

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Black dress: Amazon, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins
Black dress: Amazon, Shoes: Medieval Moccasins

 

Here’s yesterday’s face.  A few weeks ago, I purchased a pot of Ben Nye® Lumiere Creme Color in Chartreuse.  I bought this eyeshadow to go with my tribal belly dance costume and I love it!  The color is vivid and it goes on smoothly.  This eyeshadow goes perfectly with my “peridot” bindi:

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Green bindi: Aurora Eventide, Silver spike earrings: Opulent Oddities, Feather hair clip: Beadazzled By Sharon. (All purchased from Etsy)

 

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It’s interesting that when I was a child, my mother said that I looked good in green.  I didn’t agree.  My favorite color at the time was red – the brighter the color (fire-engine red) the better!  But now, I’m starting to fall in love with green.  So many lovely shades to choose from!  But of course, I still like red since that’s the color I dye my hair.

Stay tuned for August’s birth flower, which is coming up in a couple of days.  After that, it’s time to get crackin’ on my new, updated website.  I’m still learning code and I’m working hard to get my new blog up and running.  Let’s hope I don’t fuck it up!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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