Monday, August 15, 2011

Birthstone for the Month of August: Peridot

The name Peridot comes from the arabic word "faridat," meaning gem, while Ancient Egyptians called them "gem of the sun," because of their dazzling brilliance when seen in the dessert sands.

Peridot is a mineral named Olivine, which is found in a variety of greens, raging from light yellowish green to a dark olive.

Earlyminign for this Gems was done on Saint John's Island near Egypt around 1500 BC.

According to about-birthstones website Natives discovered Peridot crystals many years ago in the black sands of Hawaii, explaining their presence as tears the volcano goddess "Pele". Early Egyptian priests used Peridot to connect with nature, they drank a stimulating beverage called "Soma" from cups made of Peridot, believing this practice to draw them closer to "Isis", the goddess of nature.

Sources of Peridot:
  • Burma
  • Norway
  • Brazil
  • Australia
  • Hawaii
  • Congo
  • Arizona

Uses of Peridot:

  • Peridot was believe that it will protect you from evil and when set in gold it will help against night terrors
  • It was ground to powder and used as a remedy for asthma and as a cure for thirst brought on by fever.
Peridot is great for gifts because it symbolizes vitality it also signifies strength, both both individual and within a relationship, as well as the promise of new growth in years ahead. Alternate August Birthstone: Sardonyx

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Debbie P.
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