Is the peridot connected with falling stars? But how? The peridot is as green as grass and sometimes a bit yellowish (like when the grass doesn’t get enough water) and you can imagine that this gemstone is the special gem of the Netherlands, since the grass is very green here. With the green color of this gem, you also can think that it is found in fertile soil or humid surroundings.
And maybe you think that since the peridot is very rare and special and the only gemstone that occurs in just one color, it is the star among the gemstone family. Uhmmmm, it’s more complicated than that. Actually, this green gem is the national gemstone of Egypt (not exactly a ‘green’ country). It is found in black lava stone or other vulcanic stone. But the peridot has something to do with outer space?. Let me tell you how this extraordinary gemstone is connected with falling stars.
Falling from the stars?
Every year around the 12th or 13th of August the Earth crosses the orbit of a comet. In that orbit, you can find a lot of dust and small stone particles. When the earth crosses that orbit quite a few dust and stone particles get into our atmosphere. And when the dust or stones are big enough you can see a fast light flash, a so-called ‘falling star’ and you can make a wish!
If the stone is really really big, it falls on the earth and then we call it a meteorite. Scientists find all kinds of crystals in a meteorite. In 1749 a meteorite landed in Siberia/Russia and in this meteorite they found a lot of gemstone particles in it, but the peridot was the only one large enough to set them in a piece of jewelry.
Gem of the sun
The Egyptians call the peridot ‘gem of the sun’ and it is their national gemstone. It’s a bit funny when you think about that its typical green color and the Egyptian landscape, consisting of a lot of deserts and a small piece of green and fertile land near the Nile.
They call it the ‘gem of the sun’ because it is always connected with light and the sun. And they believe that wearing this green gemstone beaded on donkey hair protects you from the ‘terrors of the night’.
Peridot or emerald?
In Ancient Egypt, the best peridots are found (already before the beginning of our time) on the island of Zabargad in the Red Sea. Examples of the best and largest ‘mine’ can be seen in the Smithsonian Museum/USA. Of course, these do not come from outer space or meteorites, but volcanic activity pushed the crystals onto the earth’s surface.
The green quartz was so popular in Egypt that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection (anyway people thought is was emerald) is actually peridot. That same mistake is made in Germany. People there believed that the famous large gemstone set in the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the Cathedral of Cologne were emeralds, but in fact, they are peridots. Even the Church can make a mistake.
Is this your gemstone?
When you love green and you want something really really special, the peridot is your stone. That counts too for every woman born in August since it is the birthstone of August. And for the women who celebrate their 16th anniversary. Writing this… I have to let my husband know this since we have only another year to go…
Peridot is rare and therefore expensive. When you love the color there is another solution and that is using colored crystals. You can have a look at the necklace and bracelet I made of American turquoise and crystals in the color of peridot. They shine so beautifully and ‘enlighten’ the whole piece of jewelry.
If you love gemstones and jewelry, and you want to know more about your birthstone or the peridot? You are the lucky one. FlorenceJewelshop published an e-book full of stories and fun facts about birthstones. Great present for you or your friend. And the great thing is that this e-book about birthstones is free of charge. Just let me know where I can send it to.
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