The gemstone peridot, the birthstone for August, was known to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, with examples of Egyptian jewelry made from peridot that date from the 2nd Millennium B.C.E. Tradition has it that Cleopatra was a great lover of the stone. It was used as ornamentation in medieval churches of Europe, and an example of this can still be seen in the Cathedral of Cologne. It’s one of the couple of gemstones that occur in only one color, although the shade of green can range from yellow green to olive.
Like most gemstones, peridot bracelet had powers attributed to it by the ancients. It was once ground and taken internally for asthma. It can bring the wearer success and bring strength of body and mind. It can create calm and tranquility, bring peace of mind and spirit. Some of these were attributed to the stone because of its green color.
The color green is the color of life, renewal, and health. Much of the modern peridot bracelet comes from mines in Pakistan and China, but there are also mines in South Africa, Australia, Mexico and other areas. In the United States peridot is mined in Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina and Hawaii.
Peridot is a extremely popular gemstone, but how precisely is the name pronounced? Pare-a-doh, or pare-a-dot? The word itself is thought to come from potentially two different origins. The first is the Arabic word faridat which means ‘gem’. The second is the French word peritot which means ‘unclear’.
So which pronunciation is correct? The choice is up to the individual to pronounce the final ‘t’ or not. The old Romans called the stone Evening Emerald because of the way it looked in artificial gentle. It has also been called the Bad Man’s Emerald. No matter what it’s called, peridot is the ‘other’ green gemstone that has its own distinct beauty and history.
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