Peridot is the gem version of olivine, believed to be a major component in the earth’s upper mantle, the deepest level at which minerals form, and usually occurs in volcanic rocks, such as basalt. It has also been found in lunar rocks and iron-rich meteorites. When it has gone through a process of weathering at the surface, peridot goes through a transformation into serpentine.
Alternative Names: Olivine, Chystolite (old), Night Emerald
Species or Group: Forsterite (Silicates – nesosilicates)
Chemical Formula: Mg2SiO4
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Habit: Tabular, massive, granular
Location: Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Norway, Hawaii and Arizona, USA(originally mined Zebirget, Red Sea)
Birthstone for: Virgo, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius
Aligns with the Upper Heart and Heart Chakras
Peridot was used in Ancient Egypt for jewellery and in healing from as early as 1580 – 1350 BC. In the Middle Ages it was used to ward off evil spirits and to bestow wisdom and friendship. For many centuries it was considered to be a symbol of the sun. In ancient times, it was often confused with emerald, and many of the traditions attributed to emerald apply to peridot as well.
Properties: Peridot connects with the Upper Heart and Heart Chakras, and its light, gentle energy is balancing, mood-lifting and detoxifying. Just the appearance of its bright clear green colour can raise the spirits and bring a smile. It strengthens the immune system, and is particularly good for filtre organs, especially liver and kidneys. It can also be used to treat skin complaints, both by wearing and also by bathing in its crystal water. Peridot nurtures, giving a sense of being “held in light”, and also stimulates inner flow and inner stillness, helping us to feel calm and optimistic.