Peridot is one of the few gemstones that is found in only one colour - green. Although the intensity and tint of the green depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, because of this the individual stones can range from near yellow shade, through lime and olive tints up to a brownish green. The mid tones generally being the most prized.
Peridot throughout the ages;
- Since ancient times the stone has been seen as a symbol of the sun and a gift from Mother Nature.
- The ancient Greeks belived it bestowed royal dignity on its wearer.
- During the Middle Ages, peridot was pierced and strung on the hair from an ass. People attached it to their left arm to ward off evil spirits. They might also place a peridot under the tongue of sick people to reduce a fever.
- The Crusaders confused peridots with emeralds and brought many to Europe, where they were often used to decorate churches.
- Ancient Eygptians considered them a very spirtual gem. Priests would brew a drink made from the crushed stones. They would drink it hot during various ceremonies believing by doing so it brought them closer to nature.
- According to legend peridot was a favourite gemstone of Cleopatra.
- Peridot is thought to have magical powers to protect against nightmares, particularly when set in gold.
- The Romans referred to the stone as 'The Evening Emerald' as it could be seen by lamplight even at night.
- In Hawaii peridots symbolize the tears of the volcanic goddess, Pele.
- Napolean is said to have given Josephine a gift of peridot as a symbol of undying love.
- And today the peridot is also the anniversary stone to represent 16 years of marriage.
The verse from the Gregorian Poem for August is not my favourite as it seems a little harsh to me! But I've included it for anyone who is interested to read.
'Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
Tis said, must live unloved alone."
Finally, if you would like to read a short extract from my 'Birthstone Unicorns' story for this month click on the tap at the top and prepare to meet, Peridot the unicorn!
Happy Birthday to all of you celebrating this month.