Peridot - Stone of the week

Peridot (pronounced Pair-uh-Doh) is the traditional birthstone for August. The stone is classed as an olive green but the colour can range from yellow, to olive, to a browny green. A lot of people that I have come across with a birthday in August don’t like the stone which I think is a shame as I have seen some beautiful stones. It might be due to the fact that I see more of the yellow green stone in jewellery commonly available rather than the olive colour. As you will know from my other blogs, many stones occur in different colours but Peridot is always green.

Peridot Attributes:

· Regulates life cycles

· Said to be good for recovery from tobacco and other inhalant dependencies

· Amplifies Reiki energies

· Frees the mind from envious thoughts

· Calming to the nervous system and promotes sleep

· Helps Solar Plexus and releases the tension that is often called butterflies in your stomach.


This beautiful stone is the National Stone of Egypt and was known by the ancient Egyptians as “the gem of the sun”. Cleopatra was famous for wearing emeralds but it is believed by some jewellery historians that she actually wore peridot and not emerald. There has been confusion between emerald and peridot that has been proved. There are large gems in the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Cologne cathedral that for centuries was thought to be an emerald but they have been identified as peridot in the last century. Sadly I have been unable to find a picture of the stone in question but part of the shrine can be seen in the picture to the left. To have a peridot to be mistaken for an emerald then the stone is unlikely to be under 10 carats in weight. The colour would not be “correct” if the stone was any smaller.

My first encounter with peridot was on the island of Lanzarote. I now know the reason why. Peridot is formed by fire in a similar way to diamond. Therefore, as there is a volcano on Lanzarote they have jewellery with it in. Although it is formed by fire it is not as strong as diamond. The stone will become damaged if subject to sudden temperature changes. The best way to clean it is with warm soapy water and not let it come into contact with chemicals.

Best wishes


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Please note that the stone attribute section is not proven to be a direct outcome of wearing or owning the stone. It is also not a prescription and should not be used alone to treat health problems.

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