Peridot – ‘Gem of the Sun’ – Birthstone for August
There are several schools of thought for the pronunciation of Peridot, but in Australia it is generally pronounced with the ‘T’ at the end. (pair–uh-dot’)
Peridot is the Gem form of Olivine, and called Chrysolite in some countries. It is quite unique among gemstones as it is one of the few stones found in one colour only – Green. They range from yellowy- green to the most valuable olive green and are generally classed as a semi precious stone, however larger stones are rarer, and their prices are more comparable to other top quality gems.
Historically they were mined in Southern Egypt and the stone was associated with the Sun God Ra, hence the name – Gem of the Sun – although ironically the miners would search for the stones by night, as their colour showed more clearly by the light of the moon…..
Today the majority of commercial grade stones come from Arizona in the U.S., but the finest stones are to be found in Kashmir, Myanmar & Afghanistan.
The Peridot is called ‘The visionary’ stone – the colour refreshing the mind & enabling us to see & learn from our mistakes & enhancing our intuition. The stone is also used as a powerful tonic for the metabolic and intestinal organs.
Traditionally Peridot is associated with the month of August, and the Zodiac sign of Libra , and is the Anniversary gift for 16yrs of marriage – but take a fresh look at this beautiful gemstone, light and joyful and perfect to welcome Spring into your life.