Peridot (aka Olivine, Chrysolite)
Hardness: 6.5 – 7
Peridot is a stone with different names and different pronunciations. Some people prefer to call it by the French pronunciation of “periDOUGH” while many Americans pronounce it “periDOT.”
Peridot is an iron, magnesium silicate which is also known by the names “chrysolite,” and “olivine.” It’s iron content determines the vividness of it’s green, the only color that peridot ”dons.”
Peri “dough” Peri”dot” Olivine or Chrysolite… Heck, you could even call it “liver” and I would still think it is one of the most spectacular stones on planet Earth.
This goldish green translucent beauty was originally discovered around 3500 years ago on a volcanic island in the Red Sea about 50 miles off the coast of Egypt. Peridot was very popular with the Egyptians who often made it into jewelry. It was later discovered in Pakistan. Peridot’s popularity resurfaced more recently after being found in Afghanistan, Africa, Australia, China, Myanmar (Burma) and the U.S.
Words that describe peridot’s energy are warm and friendly. No wonder it’s the birthstone of a warm month and the stone for friendly Leos.
Not only does peridot allow us to understand the changes that are happening in our life, it makes us aware of our detrimental ways that prevent us from achieving growth and our best potential.
Peridot can heal bruised egos and ease anger and jealousy.
Olivine is a mini “fountain of vitality and life” stone because it is good for regenerating and strengthening the body. Keeping a piece on you can bring all kinds of health and healing benefits for the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, eyesight issues, ulcers, duodenum and the stomach.
Peridot is the stone for healers with its motto being: Healer, heal thyself.
Interesting Tidbit: It is believed that peridot is the only gemstone found in Pallasite meteorites, a meteorite composed of stone and iron.
Please read our blog on peridot which can be found here… http://www.crystalsandgemstones.com/2011/08/
Our natural Peridot on matrix is a rare find.
Peridot on Matrix