Peridot – Birthstone of August

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Peridot is the birthstone of August. Peridot and opal are the gemstones for the astrological sign of Libra (September 23 – October 22). Peridot is the 16th anniversary wedding gemstone.

Peridot comes in all shades of green. When looking at this gemstone from different angles you may observe different shades of green.

It also has needle-like insertions which are called “Ludwig needles”. It is a beautiful and extremely popular stone.

The peridot is a member of the Olivine mineral family. These are minerals that are rich on magnesium silicate.

Peridot: Meaning and Symbolism

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Peridot is said to help a person follow his or her passion; to be true to your own heart and desires.

It is a stone that will help you move forward and release the past.

If you desire to move forward, you must let go of all negativity of the past.

This is the stone to wear to improve your chances of making your dreams a reality.

It increases your willpower and makes you more aware of what you think about. As we all know our thoughts create our actions.

It helps you take responsibility for your own life.

It is connected to the heart chakra.

This gemstone promotes increase. It is especially helpful for those who find it difficult to receive.

It is said to help the wearer receive more naturally and gratefully. This would be a good stone for those of us who find it easy to give but difficult to accept favors or gifts from others.

Peridot promotes fame. This is a perfect stone for all who desire to be in the spot light of public attention.

Peridot symbolizes strength and energy as well. These are qualities any famous person will need.

Wearing a necklace with a peridot stone is believed to make the wearer happy and optimistic. It was told this gemstone will dispel all kinds of jealousy and envy.

This gemstone is also rumored to keep nightmares away. In this case a peridot stone must be kept on your nightstand.

You do not want the gemstone in your bed at night, but as close to your bed as possible. If nightmares are a real problem, many say that a dreamcatcher on the wall also may help.

Peridot Name Meaning

There is some uncertainty about the origins of the name. It may come from the Greek word “peridona” which means “to give riches”.

It could also come from the Arabic word “faridot” which simply means gem. The French word “peritot” means “unclear” and is not our favorite alternative.

This gemstone also goes by the name chrysolite.

The name chrysolite comes from Ancient Greek and means “golden stone”. They called it that because the gemstone seemed to have flashes of gold in it.

It is called by its old name chrysolite in the Bible. The foundations of the walls of the new world are described In Revelation 21:19-20. The seventh foundation is made of chrysolite.

Peridot in Ancient Times

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The Ancient Egyptians loved this stone and would often use it as amulets. In those cases they would often engrave a message on the stone.

The Ancient Egyptians often called this stone “Gem of the Sun”.

A popular amulet in Ancient times was a peridot stone with an illustration of a torch engraved in it. This particular amulet was believed to attract prosperity and riches.

The Ancient Romans called this gemstone “The Evening Emerald”.

The Goddess Pele and Peridot

The peridot is sacred to the goddess Pele. The goddess Pele was the Hawaiian volcano and fire goddess.

The goddess Pele is also the creator of the Hawaiian Islands according to mythology.

There is actually a beach in Oahu which has green sand. It is covered with very tiny particles of olivines/peridots.

According to mythology these grains of green sand are the tears of the goddess Pele.

Visitors beware: it is forbidden to remove any of this green sand from the beach.

Peridot Occurrence

Most of the peridots are mined in Arizona in the United States. This gemstone is also found in Australia, Brazil, Burma, China and Norway. The stone has also been found in remote places in Pakistan.

In 2003 scientists made an amazing discovery. Peridot was discovered on the planet Mars. That was quite a sensation!

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