PERIDOT: THE “SUN STONE” PERFECT TO GIVE AS A GIFT TO THOSE WHO WERE BORN IN AUGUST
“…in the midst of chaos I discovered that there was an invincible tranquility within me” A.Camus
There is a stone that has lived for centuries as a gem of abundance and self-confidence, Peridot. Green like nature, it represents the heart of the healing spirit like pristine woods. What better gem can represent August, the month with a strong character, its bold colors and its warm temperatures?!
Chrysolite, the alternative name used to indicate this stone, means “golden stone” (from the Greek chrysos lithos) because, despite the green color with which it can be admired, if looked at in the sunlight it acquires beautiful golden reflections.
As in the case of many stones, its color is not determined by the impurities present inside it but by the balance of the two main elements that compose it, iron and magnesium: the greater the quantity of the former, the more intense its green will be. The wonderful bright olive green shade also gives the stone the name Olivine.
Known in the past by the Greeks and Romans (the latter called it topasios, confusing it with topaz), it was used by them as a protective amulet from evil spirits. It was the war booty of the knights of the Crusades who brought it from the Holy Land; in the Bible it is mentioned as a stone present in the wall of the new Jerusalem. The Egyptians used it as a decorative stone and in sacred rituals while Renaissance magicians considered it a powerful talisman. It was also the favorite stone of the tsars of Russia and the sultans of the Ottoman Empire.
It is historically known to be a good stone to wear while working on your spiritual being. Olivine jewels are so fascinating and powerful, so much so that it is claimed that even a small fragment can bring positive vibrations into one’s existence. It allows you to learn to feel happy more easily: its positive energy flows through the wearer and helps to face problems with serenity, where necessary. Since it is a mineral that vibrates strongly with the heart chakra, it has a strong calming action and encourages us to have a positive outlook on life.
Peridot is a semi-precious stone belonging to the nesosilicate class and crystallizing in the rhombic system.
In addition to diamond, it is the only mineral that crystallizes in the earth’s crust and not deep down.
The ancients thought it resulted from a solar explosion.
And that seems to be the case! Some fragments have even been found on meteorites, on the Moon and on Mars.
This would confirm the ancient theory that it is one of the materials produced by the formation of our galaxy.
To be precise, Peridot is in all respects the progenitor of the olivine group. Within the group we find fayalite and forsterite at the two ends while olivine in the center. Its peculiarity is represented by melting at high temperatures.
From a chromatic point of view it can take on different shades, yellow, green, greenish yellow, yellowish green, brown, reddish brown, greenish black and white.
Deposits of this mineral are present in Italy, in particular on the slopes of Vesuvius. Deposits of this mineral are present in Italy, in particular on the slopes of Vesuvius. Since it melts at very high temperatures, it is used as a constituent of refractory and abrasive materials inside high-frequency electronic devices. We also find this mineral in thin films, ceramics, alloys and high-temperature glues.
Only the most transparent crystals, i.e. those that have a more intense and pleasant shade, can be worked and fall within the gemological field.
Compared to other stones used in jewelry, olivine is a relatively inexpensive gem if the weight is under 4 carats.
Above 10 carats, peridot becomes very rare and expensive. The largest olivine peridot is a 310-carat (62-gram) specimen in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. If you want a jewel with a peridot of a certain size, know that commercial quality is divided into classes A and B. The former are clear and without brown shades while those of quality B have a paler color or have visible inclusions. The most requested shade is certainly green forest.
Olivine is a fragile gem to the point of fear of scratches, it can be damaged simply by rubbing against objects or with strong changes in temperature. It is good practice to keep jewels set with these stones safe from everyone else.
If you love colors with a strong personality then peridot with its unique color is undoubtedly the one for you!