One of the very few gemstones with natural olive green color that is not routinely treated, peridot has unique interesting properties which make it the right birthstone for August.
Since the ancient times, many have been attracted to this gemstone because of its beauty, mystery, and grandeur. Even today, the popularity of peridot hasn’t waned.
So, what makes this gemstone enticing?
Peridot is popular due its brilliant lime green glow, but the origin of the gem’s name is unclear. Plenty of scholars believe that the word peridot came from the Arabic term “faridat” which means gem. There are also others who believe that the name is rooted in the Greek word peridona which means “giving plenty.” This is probably why peridot is connected with good fortune and prosperity.
Its signature color comes from the composition of the mineral itself instead of trace impurities like many gems. Though shades may vary from yellowish-green to olive to brownish-green, depending on how much iron is present, this gemstone only comes in one color.
History and Lore
Formed inside the earth’s mantle and brought to the surface by volcanoes, peridot is the unique gem-quality of the common mineral olivine. In Hawaii, this gem is a symbolic representation of the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava.
The first few peridots were found in deposits on a small volcanic island in the Red Sea called Topazios, popularly known as St. John’s Island or Zabargad.
In ancient Egypt, peridot was called the “gem of the sun” as it was thought to protect the wearer from terrors. Egyptian priests believed that it harnessed the strength of nature. They also used goblets covered with peridot to communicate with their gods. Early historians think that Cleopatra’s emerald collection may actually have been peridots since emeralds were often confused with peridots during her time.
Even the 200-carat gems that shine in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were presumed to be emeralds but were actually peridots.
Physical and Emotional Healing
The peridot gem has been thought to increase happiness. It has been used as a talisman to aid against evil energy and entities. This gemstone is associated with dignity, loyalty, truth, love, and faithfulness. It minimizes stress, anger, and jealousy. With its metaphysical properties, many use this gemstone for peace, protection, and good luck as well as happiness, prosperity, and success.
When it comes to style, peridot is just the right gemstone to purchase if you want to add energy to your wardrobe. When you’re into neutrals like white, black, navy or beige, you can sprinkle a bit of color and fun with peridot. This stone will help add life to your favorite neutrals so take good care of it and keep it away from harsh chemicals and cosmetics. Store your peridot collection in a cotton or velvet cloth, protect them from knocks and bumps, and avoid exposing them to high temperatures.