The stone of August
Peridot, in shades of olive, is one of the few gemstones that forms in only one color. It is the birthstone of August. Associated with the sun, Peridot has been prized since the earliest civilizations for its protective powers to drive away the forces of darkness.
History, mythology & legends
In Ancient times, peridot stones were used for carved talismans. Island habitants were forced to collect the gems for the Pharaoh’s treasury. Legend says that jealous watchers who had orders to put to death any trespassers guarded the entire island. The story continues that the miners worked in the daytime as well as night, as the gems could be found after nightfall due to their radiance. The miners would mark the spot at night for retrieval the following day.
Traditional & emotional healing
Peridot has been believed to cure diseases of the liver and difficulties with digestion. It helps problems with the kidneys, bladder, gall bladder, and the stomach. It is also useful in helping to heal insect bites. Peridot has a tonic effect- it heals and regenerates tissues, strengthens the metabolism and benefits the skin. It aids the heart, thymus, lungs, and spleen. Peridot is also helpful in treating skin diseases and difficulties associated with the adrenal glands and endocrine systems.
As a stone of lightness that counters the effects of negative emoitons, it is a wonderful stone to help someone who is going through depression. It has the ability to balance the process of emotional release and detoxifies negative emotions, bringing them to comfortable levels. Peridot fosters emotional balance, security, and inner peace. It soothes nervousness, heals emotional and physical pain, and lightens suffering.