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olivine-peridot

Olivine (Peridot)

Place: USA, Brazil, Egypt, Russia, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Canada, Canary Islands
Colour variants: Olive Green (various shades)
Hardness: 7
Birthstone of: Virgo, Libra, Scorpio
Brief history and geological characteristics:

Olivine, of which Peridot is a type, is a common mineral in mafic and ultramafic rocks. It is often found in lavas and in peridotite xenoliths of the mantle, which lavas carry to the surface; but gem quality Peridot only occurs in a fraction of these settings. Peridot can be also found in meteorites. Therefore the crystals of Olivine have almost always some inclusions. Bigger crystals are very rare. Olivine is the national gem of Egypt, and the ancient Egyptians knew it as the gem of the sun. Jewellery historians are now convinced that some, if not all, of the Emeralds that Cleopatra was famous for wearing were not actually Emeralds but deep green Peridot stones from Egypt. In the middle ages, European emissaries brought back large quantities of Peridot stones from their travels to foreign lands and decorated their churches and robes with them. One of these large Peridot gems adorns the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the cathedral at Cologne, although for centuries until recently it was believed to be an Emerald. Peridot is also listed in the bible as one of the stones used in Aaron's breastplate and as one of the layers in the foundation of the city of New Jerusalem.

Spiritual and healing energy:

Olivine brings you beam of sunshine and positive energy, but mostly it is a stone of clearing. It has the ability to detect poisonous materials on all levels. Historically, it was believed to be able to protect us from dangerous dead souls. It protects our aura as well. Olivine also helps to clean you and your environment from stress. On the physical level, it can strengthen our heart or lungs and it stabilizes the metabolism. It is also believed to support women during giving birth. If they place the stone on their belly it can help them to reduce the pain and to strengthen the contractions.

Jewellery with Olivine (Peridot)

 

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