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Peridot

Birthstone:
August

Wedding anniversary:
16th

Origin:
Arizona, Burma, Norway, islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites

Chemical Formula:
(Mg,Fe)₂SiO₄

Mineral:
Olivine

MOHS Hardness Scale:
6.5-7

Healing Properties:
Healing, Renewal, Purification, Rebirth, Growth, Relaxation, Comfort, Intuition

Peridot is a powerful cleanser, it releases and neutralises toxins on all levels.  Alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite, bitterness, irritation, hatred and greed.  Reduces stress, anger and guilt.  Peridot opens our hearts to joy and new relationships.  It enhances confidence and assertion, motivating growth and change.  Sharpens and opens the mind to new levels of awareness.  Banishes lethargy, apathy and exhaustion.  Peridot enables you to take responsibility for your own life.

History and Myth:
Considered one of the world’s oldest gems, peridot was discovered as early as 1500 B.C. Records indicate that the first stones were found on Topazo Island (now known as St. John’s) in the Egyptian Red Sea. According to legend, island inhabitants were forced to collect the stones for Pharaoh’s treasury. Supposedly, the islanders were forced to mine for the gem both day and night, and they were able to spot the green gemstone during nighttime purely because of the stone’s beautiful glow. Because of this, Ancient Egyptians referred to the stone as the gem of the sun. Today, peridot is the national gem of Egypt.
Legend says that peridot was one of the favourite gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of the "emeralds" worn by her were actually peridot
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