Peridot is a green crystalline stone ranging in color from bright lime to emerald, called Olivine when the color shifts to a more yellow or the stone is of lower quality and clarity, and known to the ancient Egyptians as “The Stone Of The Sun” and the Greeks as Chrysolite, and even found in meteorites and called Pallasite meteor.
Mined in antiquity from wide range of sites from Hawaii, where it is associated with the Goddess Pele, to parts of Africa, Sri Lanka, China, Aztec Mexico, and the oldest known mining site in the ancient world in Egypt, it has always been a highly sought stone.
Though it is found worldwide, 80%-95% of the available gems are mined here in the USA, from Peridot Mesa on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. It is (Mg, Fe)2SiO4 and its hardness runs 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale making it suitable for pendants, earrings, and for the more careful – rings.
Peridot’s metaphysical message is as multifaceted as it’s crystal structure. Most of our knowledge comes from the Arabs, Romans, and Greeks who tell us that it was used to lessen the pain of childbirth and speed delivery, to ward off evil when worn on the left side, and to dispel “Terrors of the Night” when worn set in gold. Beads of Peridot were said to be particularly effective and prized by our ancestors.
It has also been associated with the energy of the Archangel Raphael for those in need of healing, wholeness, and unity.
Melody reports it as acting on all the organs of the torso with a strong healing, protective, and cleansing action. Its protective action is believed to be so strong in fact that she recommends removing peridot jewelry when receiving energy work so that the practitioner can better access the patient’s field. Then, after the session, the stone will protect the wearer’s newly aligned energy from outside influences. Any internal influences must be addressed by the wearer. Labradorite or Tourmilinated Quartz would be well paired with Peridot for protection. For the brave, it could be paired with Obsidian for facing and exorcising any internal emotional issues.
Further, she states that Peridot helps us to recognize detrimental patterns in our lives and helps us to release them and move on. It is a healer of emotional wounds, helping us to let go of hurt feelings, bruised egos, and heartbreak. It reminds us to be more open and accepting in love relationships as we all come with baggage. For this, I would pair it with Rose Quartz for its gentle self love and acceptance.
It is considered a stone that is lucky for prosperity, business, and for bringing in money. I would keep it in the cash box and pair it with Citrine for holding on to that cash and using it wisely.
Finally, Peridot is associated with finding lost items, so it couldn’t hurt to hold it while you say St Anthony’s prayer to find that lost item!
Peridot’s energy is gentle and uplifting, suitable for people of all ages and mental states. Truly a gift to humanity.
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