Saturday, August 1, 2009

Shades of Green ― Peridot

“The August born without this stone,
`tis said, must live unloved alone.”

This post continues a series about the color green, begun on July 23rd. Peridot is a stone of lightness and beauty and is one of the few gemstones that come in only one color. The depth of green depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure.

Peridot is the traditional birthstone of August, associated with love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty. Metaphysical properties for peridot are fame, dignity and protection.

Peridot is also used to enhance prosperity, growth and openness, and some believe this gemstone attracts love and can slow the aging process. Used in a necklace, peridot is said to protect against negative emotions.

The ancient Romans were fond of peridot and its radiant green luster, which does not change even in artificial light. For that reason they nicknamed it the 'emerald of the evening.' The word peridot is derived from the Greek word peridona, which means 'to give richness.'

Peridot is best suited to spiritual or clear-minded people. Some believe that those with too many earthly problems will not be able to understand its beauty.

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