Peridot
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General: Peridot

Origins:
           Peridot is mined in Egypt, Australia, China, Norway, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Burma, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and North Carolina. In 2011, 13,000 carats of peridot was discovered by geologists in anthills in Wyoming.

Geology:
          Peridot is the name used to refer to gem-quality olivine, and while olivine is a fairly common mineral, peridot (a precious gemstone) is rare. It is often found in lavas, and has also been found in meteorites. Peridot, an iron magnesium silicate, is always green in color, and the shade depends on the amount of iron in the crystal. It ranges from yellow green to lime to olive green and is translucent and vitreous.

Birthdays & Anniversaries:
          Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 16th wedding anniversary stone.

History:
          Peridot was once considered a symbol of springtime, though dreaming about it was taken as a sign of imminent danger. An ancient gemstone, it was popular with Egyptians who obtained it from a small volcanic island in the Red Sea. The Romans nicknamed it the 'emerald of the evening’ and it can be found in many medieval European churches.

Crystal Healing:
          Peridot is considered a protection against negative emotions and is used to relieve depression and anxiety, detoxify negativity, sooth and comfort, and improve inner peace and balance. Sleep issues, hypochondria, phobias, and self-esteem problems are frequently treated with peridot.
          Peridot is used to treat issues with the gall bladder, liver, digestion, stomach, and kidneys. Also valued for use in childbirth to stimulate contractions, strengthen muscles, and ease pain.