Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in only one color. The depth of green depends on how much iron the crystal structure containes, and varies from yellow – green to olive greenness to brownish green. Other names for this stone are: olivine and chrysolite. The ancient Romans were fond of this gemstone and esteemed its radiant green shine, which does not change even in artificial light. For that reason they nicknamed it the ‘emerald of the evening’. Later is was also often referred to as ‘poor man’s emerald’.
Peridot is a stone which helps to open the inner self. The combination of yellow and green is associated with the solar plexus and heart chakra – where emotions and other people’s influences have to be dealed with. Peridot is a stone of support and compassion – suitable to protect and reinforce the solar plexus, so negative influences will have no chance. It may help in the understanding of life’s changes as they occur, and in recognition of harmful patterns detrimental to growth.
The green color of the peridot grants a feeling of balance and harmony, it can be used to balance and stimulate the heart chakra. It enhances the healing and harmony of relationships of all kinds, but particularly marriage. It can reduce stress, anger and jealousy. It assists in rebirth and renewal of all kinds.
Peridot is also a very useful gemstone for people who experience difficulties in protecting and sealing their energy. They will no longer feel tired and exhausted because they are well protected by wearing a peridot Guide. Peridot has one disadvantage though : you cannot combine it or wear it together with another gemstone, because it will always dominate the other stone. In fact, some people are not able to support the strong energy of peridot at all and nausea or giddiness can be the consequence. In that case it is better to choose another gemstone, for example labradorite