The Peridot gemstone comes from a variety of Olivine – a mineral found in volcanic rock and lavas. It’s also known as Chrysolite. The Peridot’s beautiful green color ranges from lime green or pale green right through to dark olive shades with yellowish hues.
This gemstone has been named the “Evening Emerald” by some people because of the way the Peridot softly glows under the starlight or a lantern. Peridot is only found in one color, unlike many other gemstones.
There are some links to Christianity with the Peridot as its green color symbolizes some of the elements associated with this religion. The color green has links with life, nature, prosperity and success.
Peridot is known as a gemstone that promotes prosperity, confidence, influence, peace and love. It’s associated with harmony, loyalty and commitment making the Peridot a popular choice for couples.
In terms of healing powers, it’s said that the Peridot can help to heal major bodily organs such as the spleen, intestines and lungs from ailments. The Peridot is also an emotional healer, known for warding off feelings of anger, depression and jealousy for example. In addition, this gemstone is believed to protect the wearer from evil and nightmares.
The history of the Peridot
The name Peridot (pronounced pear-a-doe) is said to be derived from the Arabic word “Faridat” meaning gem. The Peridot is among the oldest gemstones recorded, having been first mined as early as 1500 B.C.
There are references in the bible relating to “Pitdah” which is the Hebrew name for Peridot. In addition, there are early associations with ancient Egypt and history experts claim that Queen Cleopatra actually wore Peridot gems as opposed to Emeralds.
Nowadays, the Peridot gemstone is sourced from many places around the world including Arizona, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Brazil, China, Pakistan and Myanmar. Because it’s found in so many locations and thanks to the Peridot’s perceived healing powers, this gemstone is a popular choice among buyers.
Although the Peridot is the most well-known birthstone for August, there is also another – Sardonyx. This gemstone is a variety of Chalcedony and it contains layers upon layers of quartz fibers which create a beautiful banded appearance.
Sardonyx stones are usually found with reddish-brown and white bands and the best ones are often found in India. Sardonyx is also sourced from the US, Brazil, Uruguay and Germany. Often used to make cameos and intaglios, Sardonyx is an attractive gemstone which is also fairly inexpensive to buy.
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