The meaning and history of Peridot
Peridot gemstone is the birthstone of the month of August
Peridot is the gemstone for the 16th anniversary of marriage
In ancient times, Peridot was believed to keep away evil spirits. It is still a protective stone for the aura. This stone is a powerful cleanser. Releasing and neutralizing toxins on all levels, it purifies the subtle and physical bodies and the mind. It opens, cleanses and activates the heart and solar plexus chakras and releases “old baggage” burdens, guilt or obsessions are cleared. Peridot teaches that holding on to people or the past is counterproductive. Peridot shows you how to detach yourself from outside influences and to look to your higher energies for guidance.
This visionary crystal helps you to understand your destiny and your spiritual purpose. It is particularly helpful to healers.
Peridot alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite and anger, and reduces stress. It enhances confidence and assertion without aggression. Motivating growth, Peridot helps to bring about necessary change. It assists in looking back too past to find the gift in your experiences and shows how to forgive yourself. This stone promotes psychological clarity and wellbeing. It is attuned to the attainment of spiritual truth and regulates the cycles of life.
Peridot sharpens the mind and opens it to new levels of awareness. It banishes lethargy, bringing to your attention all the things you have neglected consciously or unconsciously. With Period’s aid, you can admit mistakes and move on. It helps you to take responsibility for your own life, especially when you believe it is entire “someone else’s fault” The influence of Peridot can greatly improve difficult relationships.
Peridot has a tonic effect. It heals and regenerates tissues; it strengthens the metabolism and benefits the skin. Peridot aids the heart, thymus, lungs, gallbladder, spleen, intestinal tract and ulcers and strengthens the eyes. Placed on the abdomen, it aids giving birth by strengthening the muscle contractions but lessening pain. Its energy balances bipolar disorders and overcomes hypochondria.
The History and legends of Peridot
Peridot is named after the French word peritot, meaning gold, because the mineral can vary towards this colour.
Peridot is a gemstone with a fascinating history, both in nature and culture. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient records documenting the mining of Peridot from as early as 1500 B.C. It is a gem especially connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually Peridot gems.
The Ancient Egyptians considered Peridot to be a very spiritual gemstone. Egyptians priests would brew a strong beverage from crushed Peridot gemstones to consume during ritual ceremonies as they thought it brought them closer to nature
Many legends speak of the magical power of Peridot as was believed that Peridot set in gold develops strong talismanic power to dispel night terrors, bad dreams and nightmares
Ancient Hawaiian folklore believes Peridot to be the hardened tears of the goddess Pele. Pele was associated with fire, lightning and volcanoes. Pele was also known to be benevolent and generous and Peridot is one of the gifts she gave to her people
Peridot has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale
Peridot has been mined on Zabargad for over 3,500 years. Incidentally, the exact location of the island was lost for several centuries and was only rediscovered in 1905 and stopped mining in the second world war.
In 1749, a meteorite landed in a desolate area of Siberia. It was found to contain many pieces of Peridot crystals large enough to be made into jewellery
Peridot comes from Arizona, Mexico, Vietnam and China
Two of the finest collections in the world can be found at the Field Museum in Chicago and the Museum of Natural History in New York
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