A Tribute to Peridot - ‘Gem of the Sun’

Posted by Mira Healy on

So almost everyone has heard of peridot, but it’s one of those fringe crystals - not common like jasper or rose quartz, and nor rare like rubies or emeralds. Being on the fringe leaves peridot rather mysterious.

Let me share a little secret with you. Peridot is one of my favourite crystals, well actually it’s my hands down favourite! Today I  was looking at a bottle of Peridot chips I had placed on a crystal grid when I thought it’s worth putting pen to paper in honour of this little beauty. So here we go...

Peridot has always been favoured as a crystal of light, hence the name of this blog. The ‘Gem of the Sun’ is what the ancient Egyptians called Peridot and it’s was quite popular and sought after in Northern Africa and the Middle East. So much so that it is still the National gem of Egypt. The name Peridot comes from the Arab word for gem. 

Being held in some esteem by ancient people’s such as the Egyptians, Peridot has been honoured by being the birthstone of August, and it is also the gemstone for 16th wedding anniversaries (I will have to remind my husband of that in 2 years❤️❤️).

Peridot is known for its strong healing powers, and is often associated with dispelling night terrors and bad dreams. It is considered particularly powerful when matched up within a gold setting. The stone itself shines brilliantly green when held up to natural or artificial light. It has been said that if exposed to sunlight for several hours it will burn like coal by the darkness of night.

While I’m not sure about that, the beauty of Peridot is unquestionable. But what about its therapeutic qualities? For those with depression or lacking emotional balance for whatever reason, Peridot has long been considered  top aide. The ancient Romans would wear Peridot rings to cure depression, and it is often worn or kept close by those trying to get a good night’s sleep.

Peridot occurs naturally on Earth through volcanic activity and also is born out of the fire of meteorites! Given both meteorites and volcanoes are found all over the Earth, Peridot has been found in many countries, even tucked away down here with me in Australia.

But alas, even Peridot is not perfect. It is a rather soft stone (about 6.5 on the Mohs scale), and most crystals are small like chips. When larger stones are found, it is very hard to find one without flaws. This is why Peridot jewellery can be so expensive. 

But for me, not being a big fan of jewellery, that does not really matter. For me, Peridot is just perfect in a natural small state tumbled into small chips or as strands. I can put in in bottles, use it individually in my crystal grids, put ia bunch of them in a shell, and make jewellery and even gem trees out of it.

Now that works out just fine for me....❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of Peridot. Do you like it and how do you use it?



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  • That was a very interesting Post Mira i thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning a lot more about Peridot .
    I love Jewellery so i think it would be lovely to maybe one day get a nice pair of Earrings,Ring or Pendant.

    Sandra Mitchell on

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