Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Peridot

Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Peridot

Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history.

Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common theme – beauty.

Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story.

Gemstones come in every colour of the rainbow and are gathered from all corners of the world.

With each coloured gemstone possessing a unique creation of beautiful colour.

Some gemstones have been treasures since before history began and others were discovered only recently.

At the beginning of each month comes a new stone, some months have two gemstones and lucky me, December as three!!!!!!!!

As you will see as we progress through the year.

August has two stones – Peridot and Spinel

Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Peridot and Spinel


chunk of juicy green peridot
Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Peridot

Whenever I see peridot, one word springs to mind and that word is – juicy!

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that exists in only one colour. a distinctive  signature lime green Рjuicy.

In ancient times it was believed that peridot was a gift from Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world.

When presented as a gift, peridot is said to bring the wearer magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares.

It is also said to install power and influence through the wearing of the gemstone, maybe that is why the Chinese can’t get enough of this gem and are buying up every last piece.

Well, maybe not every last piece.

Today, most peridot comes from Arizona but it is also found in China, Hunan and Changbai areas in particular, Myanmar and Pakistan.

Peridot is available in several hues of green ranging from yellowish green to a darker olivine green.

However, the bright, juicy lime green and olive greens are the most desired.

Peridot gemstones between five to fifteen carats are very rare and therefore command a higher value.

Gemstones under three carats are more readily available and can be acquired for an affordable price.


Various hues of spinel
Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Peridot

Centuries ago, Sanskrit writings referred to spinel as the daughter of ruby.

The bright red colour of spinel is so closely related to the ruby, the two of them are often confused with one another.

The most famous of confusions to date!

Spinels are actually more rare than ruby but unlike ruby, they sometimes can be found in very large sizes.

In addition to beautiful rich reds spinel can be found in shades of orange, beautiful pastel pink, as well as purples, blues and black.

Blue spinel is extremely rare and therefore commands higher price as with all rare gems.

For more on blue spinels click below.

Of particular interest is a vivid hot pink with a tinge of orange, this colour is sometimes referred to as Padparadscha, mined in Myanmar (Burma), which is one of the most spectacular gemstone colours and unlike any other gem.

Believed to protect the wearer from harm, to reconcile differences and to soothe away sadness.


Next month’s stone is Sapphire






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