Mineral Name: Olivine
Color(s): Medium-pale lime green
Mineral Information: Nesocilicate
Chemical Make-up: (Mg, Fe)2SiO4
Hardness: 6-1/2 – 7
Where they are found: Egypt, Pakistan, Burma, South Africa, and Brazil
About Stone: Common in certain volcanic rocks. It ranges in color from olive to lime green. It has been mined in Egypt for thousands of years.
Shimmering, pale green peridot, often called the evening emerald, is a gemstone commonly associated with spirituality and expression. The word “peridot” is pronounced as pear-ah-dough by some and as pear-ah-dote by others. While both pronunciations are found in the dictionary, the actual word of origin for peridot is from the French word peritôt, meaning unclear, because of the numerous inclusions and internal fractures often found within peridot gemstone beads. Chrysolite, an older German word, was also used to describe it before the word peridot was applied to all gem quality peridot stones.
Sometimes referred to as olivine, it is only found in one color–green. This uncommon green color is best known simply as peridot green and it varies from olive to brownish green. This green was highly prized by ancient admirers because it was often thought to be emerald, which is one of the greatest compliments peridot could ever receive. It is the national gem of Egypt, and the ancient Egyptians knew it as the gem of the sun. In fact, jewelry historians are now convinced that some, if not all, of the emeralds that Cleopatra was famous for wearing were not actually emeralds but deep green peridot stones from Egypt.
Peridot has been written about extensively throughout history. In Ancient times, peridot stones were used for talismans featuring carved donkeys for spiritual enhancement and carved vultures for controlling the four winds and evil spirits.
Zodiac Association: Libra, Taurus, Leo and Virgo
Metaphysical Properties: Helps one to understand the changes going on in their life by getting rid of negative patterns so that growth is possible. Used for prosperity, protection & openness. Helps to stimulate tissue regeneration. Brings rebirth, renewal, and aids healings of all kinds and is especially good for healing in relationships by easing anger, jealousy, and strengthening marriage bonds.