Also known as Olivine, this gem`s colour ranges from yellow-green through to bottle green.
Until the 19th century, the origin of the Peridot was the subject of much speculation. One such theory was that the gem was found only in meteorites, but early this century it was proven that they actually originated on the island of Zebirget on the Egyptian shore of the Red Sea where it has been mined for 3500 years.
The Peridot now occurs in Egypt, China, Burma, Brazil, Hawaii, Arizona, Australia, South Africa and Norway.
Apart from being cherished for its beauty, it has also been coveted for its healing properties.
The gem is believed to stimulate the mind, relieve stress and open new doors of opportunities and abundance, while banishing lethargy and laziness. It can also help to heal a “bruised” ego by controlling anger and jealousy. It is a good antitoxin stone, cleaning most organs and glands, acting as a “tonic” to strengthen and regenerate the body.
Peridot has been used in the treatment of ulcers and disorders of the heart, lungs, spleen and intestinal tract. It has also been used in the birthing process, thought to stimulate contractions and facilitate the opening of the birth canal.
Peridot is one of the birthstones of September, and symbolizes married happiness.
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