Geology / History

Peridot is magnesium rich gem quality Olivine. The strength & shade of green depends on the Iron quantity present within. Peridot is often found in lavas & is the only gemstone found in meteorites.

The name Peridot is derived from the Greek "peridona", meaning giving plenty & is known as a stone of prosperity. Olivine is a common mineral in mafic, ultramafic rocks & metamorphosed impure dolomites. It is often found in lavas & peridotitexenoliths of the mantle, which are carried to the surface by lavas.

Gem quality Peridot only occurs in a fraction of these settings & is rather rare. This is due to the mineral's chemical instability on the Earth's surface. Olivine is usually found as small grains & tends to exist in a heavily weathered state, unsuitable for decorative use.

Metaphysical Properties

 A stone of happiness, believed in ancient times to keep away evil spirits. Helps to release feelings of anger, fear & jealousy. Removes all negative energy & protects auric field.

Peridot can be used to balance, cleanse & stimulate the heart chakra. This stone imparts Divine trust & compassion. Peridot is excellent for healing & protects the healer while enhancing abilities. It assists in rebirth & renewal of all kinds making it ideal for manifestation. Peridot also brings abundance & prosperity. Holds harmony & vibrant love within. Guides you to understanding your destiny & spiritual purpose. 

Crystal Healing

Solar plexus, heart & throat chakra. Assists premature birth & ageing. Stress & cardiovascular issues. Joint function & nervous tension.

 Mineralogy

Group: Mineral – Olivine Group (Magnesium rich forsterite)

Crystal System: Orthorhombic

Composition:(Mg, Fe)2SiO4

Form/Habit: Octahedral

Hardness: 7

Cleavage:Perfect, perfect on {010}, imperfect on {100}

Fracture: Conchoidal

Lustre: Vitreous - glassy

Streak: White

Specific Gravity: 3.2-4.3

Transparency:Transparent, Translucent

R.I: 1.64–1.70

Colour:Yellow to yellow-green, olive-green to brownish, sometimes a lime-green to emerald-ish hue

Birefringence:+0.036

Causes of Colour: Iron