Peridot gemstones have been in use for thousands of years, and were historically called Olivine. The vibration of these lime green stones resonates with the frequency of increase, so it is a noteworthy gemstone for manifestation of all desired things. It is the birthstone of August, and is also said to be the stone of friendship, so we thought we'd explore a little more about Peridot for all you August babies or those of you with gifts to buy for friends in August...
How and where Peridot is formed
Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient records documenting the mining of peridot from as early as 1500 B.C. It is a gem especially connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridot gems. With regard to its formation, peridot's history is different from that of almost all other gems. Most gems are formed in the Earth's crust. The two exceptions are peridot and diamond, which are formed much deeper in the Earth; in the mantle.
Associated with the sun, Peridot has been used since the earliest civilisations for its protective powers to drive away the forces of darkness. Set in gold and worn around the neck or bound to the left arm, it was used as a charm against sorcery and magic, evil spirits, night terrors, and madness.
Peridot is still celebrated for those virtues, protecting the aura, purifying the physical and subtle bodies, and alleviating emotional burdens, guilt and obsessions. It is particularly beneficial for overcoming fear, depression and other psychological disturbances, as well as releasing jealousies, resentment and spite in order to move forward.
Peridot promotes responsibility and forgiveness, instilling confidence in one’s own abilities and reestablishing a sense of self-worth. A powerful generator of the frequency of increase, this lovely talisman may be worn to enhance all areas of your life: wealth, health, happiness and love.
It may increase confidence and assertiveness, balanced by patience and clarity of thought. It is known as a stone for prosperity and happiness.
The vibration of this stone is high, high enough that even small Peridot stones have an energy that will easily be felt. It may create an improvement in your spirituality and health. The energy of these green stones bring improved emotional health, and also help to create an increase in love and joy in your life.
Peridot has been long considered to be an aid to friendship and supposedly frees the mind of envious thoughts. It is also supposed to protect the wearer from the evil eye. Other legends credit peridot with bringing happiness and good cheer, attracting lovers, and strengthening the eyes.
How to care for your Peridot jewellery
To minimise scratching and wear, store each piece of peridot jewellery separately in a soft cloth or padded container. Peridot is not an extremely hard gem, so use of strong or steam cleaners is not recommended. Avoid prolonged exposure to extreme heat, acids and sudden temperature changes. Peridot jewellery is best cleaned with warm, soapy water and a tightly woven micro-fiber or soft cloth.
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