Along with Spinel and Sardonyx, Peridot is the birthstone of August and the zodiac stone of Leo. Traditionally, these stones are given as 16th wedding anniversary gift. People considered it a sacred stone and it has been used as a talisman for centuries.
Despite Peridot's fascinating beauty, it is a lesser-known gemstone. This stone has a high and positive vibrating energy that helps the wearer to be more optimistic.
Let us learn more about this beautiful gemstone, Peridot.
Peridot is a yellow-green variety of Olivine and a Silicate mineral. These stones are quite rare and are mostly used to reduce stress, anxiety, fear, and jealousy. As these stones are not so expensive, people mostly use it as an alternate of Emerald. It is considered to be one of the oldest gems. At first, these stones were known as chrysolite.
Most of the August babies are confident, strong, friendly, good-natured, and honest. They have a quality of leadership and are most likely to be successful in life because of their winning personality. This characteristic makes the August-born people perfect to hold Peridot as their birthstone.
The first Peridot was believed to be found in St. Johns which is located right at the end of the Egyptian Red Sea. The word "Peridot" is believed to be originated from the French word "Peritot", which means "Gold".
As Peridot is associated with the sun, the ancient Egyptians called it "gem of the sun". These stones are the national gem of Egypt. It was believed that Cleopatra also wore it as jewelry and was one of her favorite gemstone.
Just like Diamonds, Peridots are formed deep in the Earth's mantle. It forms in magma from the upper mantle, about 20-55 miles below. After this formation process, the lava carries it to the surface and it can be found in extrusive igneous rock.
The chemical formula of Olivine is (Mg, Fe)2SiO4 and since these stones are a variety of olivine and a magnesium-rich stone, the formula approaches to be Mg2SiO4. It is rated 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness and has a vitreous luster.
Peridot is a rare and beautiful green gemstone that is a type of its own.
The colors of Peridots are:
Some of the well-known mines that are currently available are:
The value of Peridot ranges from $25-$500 according to its quality. A Peridot weighing 311.78 carats was discovered on Zagbargad Island, Egypt. It is the world's largest cut Peridot stone.
Here is the list of some of the uses of Peridot.
Peridot is highly valued for its powerful spiritual and healing properties. Let us have a look at some of its spiritual properties.
Here is the list of some of the fun facts about Peridot.
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