The Peridot Gemstone

August 13, 2010
Compass Pendant, Compass Jewellery, Compass Necklace

Peridot framed in Gold (there's a compass on the other side...)

Today is Friday the thirteenth. I’m not really a superstitious person, but then again, when I see a lone Magpie, I often find myself looking out for the second. Better to think of Friday the thirteenth as an auspicious day, much better.

There’s a certain mystique surrounding gemstones, too. As well as being a colour palette in my creations, gemstones fascinate me. Their origins and formation, their colours, symbolism and their stories. In ancient times, gemstones were used as talismans and amulets to protect against evil and to promote and preserve health. Although scientists continue to struggle to produce hard evidence of how gemstones can influence health, I remain content to delve into the stories and beliefs that have outlasted such attempts.

Surrounded by enchanting olive groves as I am, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about the olivine. Olivine is the alternative name for the peridot, used because of the olive-green colour of the gemstone.

The peridot originates from Zabargad Island, a small volcanic island in the Red Sea. In the time of the Pharaohs, well over 3000 years ago, this ancient stone was found to have been used in Egyptian jewellery.

Peridot emits a warm and friendly energy. It is said to provide a shield around the body to protect it from outside influences. Peridot helps to lessen anger and jealousy and inspires happiness in the self, and delight in the nature of one’s life.

Often referred to as the evening emerald as it holds its colour in twilight more tenderly than true emeralds. With its gentle glow, early lapidaries pronounced peridot a good talisman against terrors of the night.

Well, it’s made me feel happy just thinking about it. Hope it’s been a pleasure for you, too.  I wish you an auspicious day.


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