Legend Lore and Meaning of Peridot
Peridot is the Birthstone for August and also the Gemstone used to celebrate the 16th Wedding anniversary.
It is thought to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success.
Its powers include health, protection, and sleep.
The advantages of Peridot are to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.
A few known facts about Peridot Gemstone:
Peridot belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series, which is part of the olivine group. It is one of the “idiochromatic” gems, meaning its color comes from the basic chemical composition of the mineral itself, not from minor impurities, and therefore will only be found in shades of green. As a matter of fact Peridot is one of the few gemstones found in only one color.
Peridot is mentioned in the Bible under the Hebrew name of “pitdah”.
Peridot gems along with other gems were probably used in the fabled Breastplates of the Jewish High Priests, artifacts that have never been found.
Lore and Legends of Peridot:
Legend has it that Peridot was the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra. Crusaders brought Peridot to Central Europe where it is found in many medieval churches such as the Cologne Cathedral.
In the Baroque era the deep green gemstone experienced another short flourishing, before it became forgotten again.
Napoleon used Peridot to assure the empress Josephine of his undying love and admiration, which, of course, happened before he had their marriage annulled.
Throughout time, Peridot has been confused with many other gemstones, even emerald. Many “emeralds” of royal treasures have turned out to be Peridots.
The largest cut Peridot was found on the island Zabargad, weights 319ct and belongs to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
In Russia there are some cut Peridots that came out of a meteorite, which came down in eastern Siberia in 1749.
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