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Peridot General Gemstone Details
Peridot is a bit of a conundrum, it is one of the few stones found in only one color, but is known by three names: Peridot, Olivin and Chrysolith. It is told that the name Peridot is derived from the Greek word “peridona” with a meaning that runs along the lines of “giving plenty”.
The reason for the deep green color with a slight golden hue is due to fine traces of iron. The amount of iron is what gives the stone a range of color from yellow-green and olive to brownish green. The olive green stones are called Olivine, the yellow ones Chrysolite and the spring green are Peridot.
Peridot Scientific Properties
Peridot is gem quality specimens of the mineral olivine. Peridot has an olive or bottle green color that is due to the presence of iron, and a distinctive oily or greasy luster. Sources of peridot include Egypt (St. John’s Island), China, Myanmar, Brazil, Norway and the USA as well as Australia and South Africa. The Crusaders brought peridot to Europe in the Middle Ages from St. John’s Island in the Red Sea, where it has been mined for over 3,500 years.
The olive green stones are called Olivine, the yellow ones Chrysolite and the spring green are Peridot. There is a very rare form of Peridot that is white; this is called Boltonite.
Peridot Mystical Properties
The friendly and joyous energy of this stone helps to create and seal friendships; clearing the heart and releasing the ego, which in turns cleanses the mind and soul of jealousy and anger – thus bringing about the sense of peace and quiet amusement which leads to solid friendships.
Peridot is said to have the wonderful ability to bring vitality and healing to the entire body. Told to increase confidence, patience and assertiveness (without aggression) simultaneously. Peridot is a visionary stone which helps to connect us to our destinies and to understand the purpose of our existence. It will assist one in visualizing not only the ultimate peak of spiritual continuation but also the peak of our physical bodies as well.
Peridot is quite motivating with growth, to bring about necessary change. It may assist one in looking back into the past to find the gift in our experience; but one must be ready as it is attuned to the attainment of spiritual truth. If one is confused or fearful, Peridot needs to be utilized in a limited manner, as it releases toxins and brings them to the surface to neutralize them, it may be difficult to handle. Peridot shows one how to forgive , admit ones mistakes, take responsibility for ones own life and move forward.
The Romans wore Peridot as protection from enchantment and ward off illusion. During the middle ages it was worn to gain foresight, inspiration and eloquence. It is told that Peridot has the ability to slow the ageing process and is often used in religious jewelry.
Healing Properties of Peridot
The color as well as the stone saturates ones life with growth, healing, renewal, purification, rebirth and growth. It is at is useful as a balancer of the entire glandular system; assisting with tissue regeneration, purifying the body with the strengthening of the blood. It is also said to reduce fever, aid in digestion, calm the nervous system, heal insect bites as well as the liver and it many faceted improves the health of the eyes.
It is said to strengthen the digestive tract, the metabolism and to be beneficial to the skin as a whole. Peridot is told to be helpful in childbirth when placed on the abdomen to assist in strengthening muscle contractions and lessening the pain.
Emotionally Peridot is used to reduce stress, stimulate the mind and amplify intuitive awareness. It is also commonly used to treat emotional states such as irritation, anger and jealousy. It is very useful in healing spiritual dis-ease. It’s energy may help balance bipolar disorders and to overcome hypochondria. It is exceptionally wonderfully healing the healers.
Peridot is most assuredly a spring stone, well beyond it’s vivid color; it has the ability to assist in projecting one’s life into a new cycle. It will aid in releasing old, negative patterns and vibrations by offering a new frequency to be accessed for positive and rapid forward movement. With aid of the Peridot one is more able to admit mistakes, take responsibility for ones own life, release guilt, burdens and obsessions as well as healing hurt feelings and repairing damaged relationships. Peridot has the power to teach us that holding on to the past and to people with negative influences is counter productive. It allows to detach oneself from outside influences and to look to one’s higher energies for proper guidance. This is especially helpful when one feels as if the negative issues in life are “someone else’s fault” for whatever reason.
Magical Properties of Peridot
Deities: Isis, Lakshmi, Cernunnus
Powers: Protection, Wealth, Health, Emotional Wellbeing
Candle Color: Olive or Dark Green
Peridot is the “Fortunate” stone, indicating an income increase in money, love, luck and likely peace as well into ones life. Also much like Garnet, this stone is told to mirror any bad energies back to it’s origin. It will stimulate the mind, amplify intuitive awareness, give inspiration and strengthen inner-sight. Peridot is also told to ward off evil spirits, including the evil eye. It is especially good for healing the healers.
To dream of peridot signifies the need to be cautious for a certain period of time; it is attuned to the attainment of spiritual truth and to regulate the cycles of life.
Recharge under the light of a full moon.
Peridot Zodiac Association
Birthstone: Traditional Birthstone for the Month of August
Zodiac Stone of: Libra, Taurus, Leo and Virgo
The Birthstone of August makes the Peridot a stone for Leo and Virgo, as it is Ruled by the planet Venus that also gives power to Taurus and Libra as Zodiac stones as well. Peridot is also the stone to commemorate the celebration of a 16th anniversary.
Chakra Classification for Peridot
Peridot clears the 4th or Heart Chakra pathway, strengthening the breath of life, prosperity, growth and openness. It is used to cleanse and stimulate the Heart Chakra as well as the 3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra, bringing openness and acceptance to the intellectual pursuit in matters of love and relationships.
It is a protective stone for the aura, it acts to seal it; for specific chakra work it is suggested that peridot be removed for work on chakras other than the Heart and the Solar Plexus.
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