We love Peridot, here are the facts and myths
Peridot is increasingly popular! And why not, this enchanting gemstones, charms people with its color and shine! Here is everything you want to know about this gorgeous green gemstone.
Beach in Hawaii, colored green by Olivine.
Personally, I have a fondness for colored gemstones that aren’t the most obvious ones. Diamonds are gorgeous and of course the famous three: sapphire, ruby and emerald, too. But it’s all those wonderful colors of the other gemstones that I love. This has not always been the case. When I lived in Valenza, Italy, the most valued gemstones were the aforementioned 4. There was, at that time, not a big interest for other gemstones, as I recall it.
Today let’s take a closer look at a beautiful greenish gemstone called Peridot! Here is what I have found out and want to share with you!
All you need to know about Peridot:
- Peridot is the National stone of Egypt, 16th year of marriage gemstone and the august birthstone.
Peridot and where it's found:
- In lava, meteorites and deep in the earth's mantle. In rounded rocks with peridot crystals inside. Main sources:
- Lava: China, Vietnam and the U.S.
- In pockets (or veins): Finland, Myanmar.
- In the ancient world it was the isle of Zabargad or St Johns island near Egypt in the Red Sea were most peridot was mined. This island is often referred to as the Ancient Peridot Island. Apparently for over 3500 years, peridot has been found here!
- Peridot is the rare version of one of the most common stones on earth; olivine.
The color green:
- Iron is the cause of the yellow/green color of peridot.
- Range of colors: from brow-green, to yellowish green to green. Large pieces can have that pure green glow, whilst smaller are often yellowish green. Both are appreciated in jewelry.
- Peridots were often called chrysolites. Today, we can difine which stones are indeed chrysolites and which ones differ and are actually peridots
- Peridot has a slight : glow in the dark effect!
- Lily pads are dish shaped inclusions, common in peridot.
What you should know about wearing it:
- Although it is tough, you should always, as with any gemstone, take care not to knock it against a hard surface or drop it on a hard floor. It also can get scratched.
- Cleaning: warm water with soap, this goes for almost any piece of jewelry.
Myths and beliefs:
- Peridot dissolved enchantments.
- To offer protection it needed to be pierced and strung on donkey hair, worn on the left arm.
- Other sources claim that it was the right arm. To be safe, wear it on both arms ;-)
- Putting it under one's tongue was a remedy against thirst
- As a talisman it’s supposed to facilitate marriages, making men more articulate and provide calmth over anxiety.
- Some belief that this stone is a great help when one suffers depression.
- And that it brings calmth to the heart
- Apparently a great booster for self esteem issues.
- Egyptian priests drank something called SOMA from peridot cups, in order to get closer to Isis the goddess of nature
- It’s believed that the green emeralds favored by Cleopatra were indeed: Peridots!
Peridot engagement rings are increasingly popular as colored gemstones are favored by Millennials. As you may have discovered, this stone is stunning and used in so many different pieces of jewelry. Who knows, next time you go the jewelry store, you might be tempted to seek something green!A great detailed source for this stone is the GIA website.
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