At one time, Peridot was more valuable than diamonds. This gemstone is actually known by three names: Peridot, Chrysolith and Olivin, because Peridot is the gemstone variety of the olivin mineral. In the gemstone trade it is generally called Peridot, a name derived from the Greek word "peridona", with a meaning along the lines of "giving plenty".
From ancient times and in fact right up until the eighteenth century, Peridot was referred to as 'topazion' or 'topaz'. The reason for this is believed to be because Peridot was discovered on the island of Topazios, which today is commonly known as Zebirget or St. John's Island in Egypt.
Mining for Peridot gemstone was extremely dangerous work as the island was infested with poisonous snakes, though they were later driven into the sea by a Pharaoh. It is said that the Egyptians mined for Peridot at night, believing that the sun's rays made the stone invisible.
Native Hawaiians believed that Peridot gemstones were the tears of the goddess Pele. Peridott is also reportedly said to be among Cleopatra's fine collection of jewelry. They were originally believed to be Emeralds.
The most beautiful Peridot come from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. Peridot as gemstone does also exist in Myanmar, China, the USA, Africa and Australia. Stones from East Burma, today’s Myanmar, show a vivid green with fine silky inclusions. Peridot from the American state of Arizona, where it is quite popular in Native Indian jewelry, often shows a yellowish to golden brown shade.
Astrological : Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.
Peridot is said that have the ability of health and vitality of the body. It is said to increase patience, confidence and determination. Stories from ancient times, how this gemstone has the ability to slow the aging process.
The joyful and friendly energy of Peridot stone helps to make and seal friendships, it clears the heart, releases the ego, which in turn cleanses jealousy and anger, hence bringing about a sense of peace and quiet amusement.
Alleviates resentment, spite, bitterness, irritation, hatred and greed. Reduces stress, anger and guilt. And Peridot can enhances confidence and assertion, motivating growth and change. Sharpens and opens the mind to new levels of awareness.
A visionary stone, Peridot helps connect us to our destinies and to an understanding of the purpose of existence. Can assist us in visualize not only the ultimate peak of physical but of spiritual continuation as well.
Peridot is a powerful cleanser. It releases and neutralises toxins on all levels.
Banishes lethargy, apathy and exhaustion. Peridot enables you to take responsibility for your own life.
Peridot reduces stress, stimulates the mind, and amplifies intuitive awareness. It is most useful as a balancer of the glandular system, as Peridot assists with tissue regeneration and purifies the body by strengthening the blood. Peridot is also told to aid in digestion and to reduce fever.
Peridot commonly used in treating emotional states such as anger or jealousy and irritation. Peridot's color as well as the stone, Inspires healing, renewal, purification, rebirth and growth. It has the power to heal hurt feelings and mend damaged relationships.
Peridot is especially good for healing the healers.surface, thus neutralizing them.
Peridot strengthens the immune system, metabolism and benefits the skin. Peridot aids disorders of the heart, thymus, lungs, gallbladder, spleen and intestinal tract. Treats ulcer and strengthens eyes. Balances bipolar disorders and overcomes hypochondria.
In the ancient time, Peridot was used by Egyptians, Aztecs, and Incas to gently cleanse and heal the physical heart, when green. (lungs, lymph, breast) and the physical solar plexus when yellow (stomach, liver, adrenal).
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