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August 5th, 2022
Peridot: The August Birthstone
Introduction to Peridot
Peridot, scientifically known as the chrysolite, is a gemstone that is affiliated with the month of August. The stone is composed of magnesium as well as iron which anoints it with its green color.
The stone is often given as a gift to one’s spouse on the event of the 16-year wedding anniversary. You can gift them a ring or a necklace or even a small pendant. It will not only look elegant, but also understated. It can be worn with a T-shirt or dressed up all the way to a ball gown; the choices are limitless!
It is known as the evening emerald because of the slight variations between brownish and olive green. Ancient admirers would often confuse it with its more striking cousin, the emerald.
Due to its perceived opulence, it has been chosen as the national gem of Egypt. In fact, historians now believe that most, if not all the emeralds that the Egyptian queen Cleopatra wore were actually Peridot gemstones.
However, aside from tradition, there are also several healing/spiritual benefits attached to the stone.
Properties of Peridot
Known as the stone of compassion, Peridot is often associated with protection against difficulties and negativity. It also is believed to bring good health, restful sleep, and emotional and mental balance. The stone is used to give off a positive vibe and purify the physical body. So you can wear it to ward off negative emotions and grumpy moods.
Peridot and Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice which believes balancing energies can create harmony. Since the peridot gemstone is associated with harmony and positive emotions, it is often used in Feng Shui. Peridot is often used to “activate” certain areas of your home to influence positive energy.
Peridot Can Help You Accumulate Wealth
One of the most popular aspects of Feng Shui is Xun, the Wealth Corner. The practice says that the back left corner of the home is associated with financial wealth. Placing peridot stones there is supposed to have a positive effect on your wealth.
The history of Peridot
Peridot crystals form in magma from the upper mantle and are brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity where they are found in extrusive igneous rocks.
There are several things which the Peridot gemstone symbolizes. Along with positive emotions and energies, the Peridot is associated with a lot of old traditions across civilizations.
The Tears of Pele in Hawaii
In Hawaii, tradition says that peridots are the tears of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and lava. Pele’s tears are actually small pieces of solidified lava drops which become volcanic glass. Due to Peridot’s brownish green appearance, the stone is associated with these drops. If you’re looking for a very traditional gift for a loved one, you can give them a necklace with a peridot gem. It’s the perfect gift that marries tradition with modern elegance.
Abundance in Greece
Among the Greeks, peridot is known as the stone of abundance. This is notable since the word peridot is thought to have a Greek root, ‘Peridona’. The word itself means to “give in abundance”.
The Sun in Egypt
As mentioned before, Peridot is the national stone of Egypt. It was known by ancient Egyptians as the gem of the sun. They believed that it protected the wearer from terrors of the night. If you’re experiencing trouble sleeping at night, perhaps having a peridot stone on your finger can help you feel more at ease.
Today, peridot is found around the globe, with deposits of the gemstone found in China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tanzania, Vietnam, and the United States. Peridot Beach, in Hawaii, is known for the shimmering green glow on white sand caused by ancient lava flows which deposited the gemstone sand after volcanic eruptions
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Written by Dillon Goetz
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