A tiny island known as Zabargard (owned by Egypt) is documented as the first source of peridot, dating back as far as four thousand years.
The vivid green of the peridot, with just a slight hint of gold, is the ideal gemstone colour to go with that light summer wardrobe. No wonder – since the peridot is the gemstone of the summer month of August.
The peridot is a very old gemstone, and one which has become very popular again today. It is so ancient that it can be found in Egyptian jewellery from the early 2nd millennium B.C.. The stones used at that time came from a deposit on a small volcanic island in the Red Sea, some 45 miles off the Egyptian coast at Aswan, which was not rediscovered until about 1900 and has, meanwhile, been exhausted for quite some time. Having said that, the peridot is also a thoroughly modern gemstone, for it was not until a few years ago that peridot deposits were located in the Kashmir region; and the stones from those deposits, being of an incomparably beautiful colour and transparency, have succeeded in giving a good polish to the image of this beautiful gemstone, which had paled somewhat over the millennia.
The name Peridot comes from the Arabic word “faridat,” meaning gem. It signifies strength, both individual and within a relationship, as well as the promise of new growth in years to come. Peridots are usually only found in small amounts and have a journey to final formation.
This gemstone has no fewer than three names: ‘peridot’, ‘chrysolite’, from the Greek ‘gold stone’, and ‘olivine’, for the peridot is the gemstone form of the mineral olivine. In the gemstone trade it is called ‘peridot’, derived from the Greek word ‘peridona’, which means something like ‘to give richness’.
The ancient Romans too were fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine, which does not change even in artificial light. For that reason they nicknamed it the ’emerald of the evening’. Peridot is also found in Europe in medieval churches, where it adorns many a treasure, for example one of the shrines in Cologne Cathedral. During the baroque period, the rich green gemstone once again enjoyed a brief heyday, and then it somehow faded into oblivion.
The peridot is one of the few gemstones which come in one colour only. The rich, green colour with the slight tinge of gold is caused by very fine traces of iron. From a chemical point of view, peridot is an iron magnesium silicate. The intensity of the colour depends on the amount of iron actually present. The colour itself can vary over all shades of yellowish green and olive, and even to a brownish green. Peridot is not particularly hard – only 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale – but it is easy to look after and fairly robust. Peridot cat’s eyes and star peridot are particularly rare and precious.
Peridot has be used as a Power Stone for centuries. Peridot fosters emotional balance, and helps us heal from past emotional wounds. It clears the path way to the heart and heals damaged egos.
Anger , jealousy, bitterness, and irritation are usually a result from wounded hearts ( and sometimes, a wounded EGO).
Peridot helps us move past the hurt, and understand our relationships. It adds intelligence to your romantic situations, giving you a bit of common sense in affairs of the heart, and protecting you from unnecessary heartache.
Peridot is particularly good for healing the healers. A Visionary stone, it brings understanding of destiny and purpose. Releases negative vibrations, and promotes clarity and well being.
Peridot is also a Money Stone. Wear it to draw money and opportunity your way. Put Peridot in your cash box along with Citrine. Peridot will help to draw money to you, and Citrine will help to keep it once you get it!
Jealousy: Particular good in helping to deal with jealousy, a very dark destructive emotion. Worn by the ancient Egyptian high priest to guard against jealousy of the Pharaoh’s power.
Happiness: Being a “Sun” energy stone due to its yellow-green color, makes Peridot a warm, friendly, happy stone.
Stress-reliever (anxiety). More powerful when set in yellow gold. More effective when pierced, as in a bead form.
Depression: In ancient times, the Romans wore Peridot to relieve depression.
Cleansing: Strengthens, and regenerates all organs, stimulating new, healthy growth. Acts as if one had just taken a Health Tonic.
Lost Items: Can be used to bring results to a search – seeking and of lost or mislaid items, but applies to the spiritual realm as well, as in feeling despair, spiritually lost , or emotionally isolated,
Childbirth: Has been used to facilitate the birth process, stimulating contractions and opening the birth canal. Slip a piece into your “birth room” sack you are taking to the hospital.
The peridot was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who considered it a gift from Mother Nature.
Peridot is a stone of lightness and beauty. Only spiritual or clear-minded persons should use peridot. The person with too many earthly problems will not be able to understand the beauty of the Peridot. The very spiritual can wear peridot in a necklace with the stone at the base of the throat to feel its soothing effect. Used in a necklace, peridot is a protector against negative emotions.
Peridot has been known to have healing effect on the gall bladder and liver.
Sources of peridot
The most beautiful stones come from the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, the peridot as a gemstone also exists in Myanmar, China, the USA, Africa and Australia. Stones from East Burma, now known as Myanmar, have a vivid light green and fine inclusions with a silky shine to them. Peridot from Arizona, where it is popularly used in native American jewellery, often has somewhat yellowish or gold-brown nuances.
Star Stone: Libra also Pisces, Gemini, Leo, Virgo
Energies: Protection, Money, Healing
Planet: Mercury, Venus
Vibrates to the numbers 5, 6, and 7
Anniversary Stone: 16