August Gemstone of the Month: Peridot
Many historians now believe that Cleopatra’s famous collection of emeralds were actually peridots… and the awe-inspiring 200-carat emeralds that are encrusted in the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the Cologne Cathedral? They were also found to be peridots. Even the Bible gives the shaft to the poor peridot. In Exodus 28:17, instructions for making a priestly and holy breastplate, “Thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.” Research now indicates that the “topaz” referred to in ancient times was actually the gem commonly called chrysolite (the mineral name for peridot).
“THE PERIDOT TEACHES ONE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HOLDING ONTO PEOPLE OR THE PAST IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO ONE’S GROWTH.”
Peridot may not be as prized as emerald, but it’s just as beautiful and I believe it’s metaphysical properties are more valuable for the “self”. The emerald is often used to revive passion in another or attract things to you that you don’t have, while the peridot teaches one to understand that holding onto people or the past is counterproductive to one’s growth. It also helps us to realize our own charm, value, and warmth. Because of this, it’s a great stone for uncovering and stepping into our own power.
“IT ACTIVATES THE HEART CHAKRA AND HELPS REBALANCE AND CLEAR EMOTIONAL BLOCKAGES.”
Thanks to its green color, it activates the heart chakra and helps rebalance and clear emotional blockages. Because of this and its ability to help let go of people, behaviors or conditions that no longer serve the self, it is considered a “cleansing stone”. All stones that remove unwanted energy (and there are quite a few) need to be cleansed on a monthly basis under running water for a few seconds. As for recharging, peridot likes to be recharged under the light of the full moon.