Overview: Peridot ranges in color from yellow green to olive green. Peridot is not one of the hardest of gemstones and can be scratched if it is subjected to frequent impact and abrasion.Peridot is a gem variety of the mineral olivine. It is found in lava rock/basalts.
Usage: Aids adrenal function. Uplifts and strengthens the body. Its green color will initiate healing within the physical body. It will help, soothe nervous emotional tension. It also assists in balancing the endocrine system, especially the adrenal glands, which controls the health of the physical body. It can help if you have lack of muscle control and diseases of the liver. Peridot is capable of affecting certain negative emotional states such as anger or jealousy. It can heal hurt feelings, bruised egos and even repair damaged relationships. It will aid physical development and well being. A good stone for people with insomnia, constipation, stomach ulcer and/or liver problems.
Legend: Peridots have been mined for 3,500 years in the Red Sea on the volcanic island of St. John. From early times through the middle ages, peridot was considered a symbol of the sun. The Egyptians fashioned peridot beads as early as 1580-1350 BC. It was brought to Europe by Crusaders in the Middle Ages and was often used for ecclesiastical purposes. During the Ottoman empire (1300-1918) Turkish sultans amassed the world’s largest collection. The Romans called Peridot "evening Emerald," since its green color did not darken at night but was still visible by lamplight.
Ocurrence: The finest examples of peridot for many years have been found in Burma. Although many less important sources are scattered around the globe, the only rival in beauty has come recently from a find in Pakistan which yielded many large, very fine stones. However this area is reported to be drying up. More commercial qualities are found in Arizona, China and other locations.
Lucky Charm-Leo (August)
**Astrologists recommend Peridot for Leos (August).
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