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We are all used to the idea that ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun. When it comes to the stone, Peridot is considered “gem of the sun” by the Egyptians. It only appears in one color which is green but the shade varies from light green to olive. Egyptian priests believed that Peridot harnessed the power of nature. To the ancient Egyptians, the color green meant to flourish and symbolized fertility, new life, and growth. This could be the reason why they called Peridot “gem of the sun” since the sun is the source of energy for the livings.
Peridot is an August birthstone. It is highly beneficial for regulating cycles if one’s life, such as physical cycles and emotional phases. Peridot ideal for discharging emotional issues which affect the physical body. It can help bring peace and ease its owner’s mind. It is also believed to protect the wearer from negativities and difficulties in life. If you are going through decision making period, you may need to resort to the power of Peridot. It is known to alleviate jealousy, resentment, spite, bitterness, irritation, hatred and greed. It is also known to enhance confidence and assertion, motivating growth and change.
Peridot is a gem of Olivine known as the “true Topaz” in the ancient world. Yellowish green Peridot was called Topazo, named after the Topazios Island in the Red Sea where it was discovered. The island had been held by the Egyptian Kings for over 3,500 years until it was abandoned for centuries to be rediscovered again around 1905. “Peridot” is derived from the Arabic word “faridat”, meaning “gem”.
Peridot appears only in green. Therefore, using Peridot as a center gem and accent it with diamonds or white Topaz is a common setting. Besides, it can be matched with other colored gemstones such as yellow Topaz, Emerald, Aquamarine or even Ruby. Peridot can be set with silver, gold and pink gold. However, it fit best with yellow gold which will help enhance the yellow color of the stone and make it look brighter and more sparkling.
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