Peridot is a variety of olivine and is known for its signature apple-green colour. August's birthstone is formed deep within Earth's mantle, and is found in lava and meteorites. Peridot originates in China, Pakistan, Hawaii and Arizona. We are going to explore the history behind the use of peridot and how it can benefit us all (even if you are not an August baby).
The History of Peridot
The name "Peridot" originates from the word "faridat", meaning "gem" in Arabic.
The Ancient Egyptians first discovered Peridot, "the sun gem", on a volcanic, snake-infested island called Topazios. Legend has it that the Egyptians drove the snakes into the Red Sea in order to mine these gemstones, which they believed had fallen from from the sky. Peridot was loved by Cleopatra and was commonly used as a talisman for protection against dark and evil spirits. Peridot was said to carry the power of nature and was used by priests to commune with the Gods of Nature.
Ancient Hawaiian civilisations believed that peridot was formed from the tears of the goddess of elements, Pele, and that they would fall from the sky during rainfall. Peridot can be found in abundance on Mahana Beach where Hawaiian lava has created mesmerising green sand.
During the Middle Ages, it was believed that peridot arrived on Earth from an explosion of the sun. These civilisations believed that when peridot was held to the sun, a healing light from within would shine brightly and relieve respiratory ailments. They also sold powdered forms of this gemstone in apothecary shops as a remedy for insomnia, nightmares and bleeding. Peridot talismans were worn with gold to intensify the gemstone's powers, providing protection, love, happiness and wealth to their owners.
Peridot is associated with the heart chakra and is said to possess positive powers.
Peridot is known to balance the endocrine system and strengthen the liver, gall bladder, spleen and pancreas. It is said to support the digestive system, promoting assimilation of nutrients and soothing gastric and duodenal ulcers. It is believed by some to facilitate the birthing process and to strengthen one's eyesight.
Peridot is a powerful healer of the emotional body. It is said to cleanse hurt feelings and help one to let go of the past. Peridot is believed to help release feelings of jealousy, anger and resentment, and to encourage one to forgive themselves and learn lessons from past experiences. It can help one to connect to the higher mind and access their inner wisdom.
Peridot holds the frequency of love, which is said to be the source of all abundance. It is believed to make one more open to receiving from the universe and provide feelings of worthiness. Peridot is used as a tool to aid communication with the Nature Spirits and to help animal healers. It can also be used during meditation, connecting one to the light and providing insight.
Peridots are a great choice for those looking to invest in a non-traditional gemstones. They are one of nature's most vibrant creations.
* This is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.