The olive green peridot offers the olivine mineral in its purest form. Already in antiquity it was revered as the "Stone of the Sun" by the Egyptians. The rare gemstone was brought to Europe from the Nile country in the Middle Ages. Here it was used to decorate church treasures, such as in the shrine of the Three Kings. This relic is found in Cologne Cathedral and has a connection to the Three Kings. Peridot is found in Arizona, USA, among other places. The mining sites in Myanmar, the People's Republic of China and Afghanistan also offer particularly pure stones.
Peridot: Traditional Use and Meaning
The mysterious Egyptian queen Cleopatra is said to have worshiped the "stone of the sun". To this day, peridot is considered a coveted national stone in the North African country. According to legends, the green gemstone should be able to act as a talisman to banish dark dreams and fears of night and darkness. As a defense stone against haunted apparitions of various kinds, it was even used by pirates on their ships and is still used today to ward off the evil eye. In crystal healing, peridot is used, among other things, as a companion in detoxification cures, as it is traditionally said to have a positive effect on digestion and the immune system. In addition, he should be able to help to dissolve characteristics such as envy and egoism and to find a more positive attitude to life.
stone of the sun
spiritual companion for detoxification cures
Peridot: color and transparency
The color intensity of peridot can vary from a light, yellowish green to a dark green. The more intense the color, the more valuable the gemstone. The peridot is transparent and often has inclusions, especially in larger specimens. Due to the color there is a risk of confusion with the emerald, whose green nuances appear much darker.
Peridot: Cleanse, discharge and charge
The discharge and regular cleaning of the peridot is done with a gentle rinse in lukewarm water. The gemstone can then be charged with rock crystal or hematite. The peridot should not be exposed to excessively high temperatures (e.g. from water or sunlight) and can get scratches or splinter from external influences.