Learn More About These 3 Gemstones and Their History (Part 6)

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Labradorite Labradorite is named after the Labrador Peninsula in Canada where it was first discovered.
Calling it "Firestone" because of its captivating play of color, the Native Indians of Labrador attributed mystical qualities to Labradorite, using the powdered gem as a magical potion to cure their ailments.
Interestingly, some modern mystics believe that Labradorite is a gem that assists the practice of magic, unleashes the power of the imagination and helps to overcome personal limitations.
Mainly caused by the interference of light from lattice distortions, this effect often appears in violet, blue, green, yellow, gold and even orange-reddish tints, although specimens displaying the complete color spectrum are those most highly valued, such as the particularly brightly colored variety found in Finland.
Labradorite occurs in Canada, Australia, Madagascar, Russia, Mexico, India, China, the Scandinavian Peninsula, U.
and Africa Moonstone A true gem of antiquity, Moonstone is surrounded by folklore regarding its origins.
An Indian sacred gem, Moonstone was once believed to be a magical solidification of actual moonlight.
Distinguished by a stunning metallic blue shimmer, that dances across its surface as the gemstone is moved, Sri Lankan Rainbow Moonstone has revitalized the popularity of this increasingly rare gemstone.
Popular with the Romans, who thought it was formed out of moonlight, and in India, where it is considered a sacred zodiac gem, Moonstone is the most valuable variety of Feldspar.
In India, Moonstone is believed to possess sacred properties including the ability to control temperament, erratic behaviour, insomnia and marital problems.
A symbol of the Third Eye, Moonstone was once believed to balance yin/yang, protect against epilepsy and sun stroke, cure headaches and nose bleeds, and ensure a high yield in crops.
Today, crystal healers believe that it can help men open their feminine emotional aspects.
Peridot The name Peridot comes from Greek, even though the meaning is uncertain.
The Romans called Peridot "Evening Emerald", since the green color did not darken at night and was still visible with a lamplight.
Known by the ancient Egyptians as the "gem of the sun," Peridot has enjoyed a mystical reputation with its alleged powers including: warding off anxiety, enhancement of speech articulation, and success in relationships and marriage.
Common in early Greek and Roman jewelry, Peridot has been popular since 1500 BC when the Egyptians started mining it on Zeberget, later known as St.
John's Island, about 50 miles off the Egyptian coast in the Red Sea.
It was a dangerous business back then as the island was infested with poisonous serpents, which a later Pharaoh had driven into the sea.
Peridot mining was traditionally done at night when the stone's natural glow is easier to see, the ancient Egyptians even believed that Peridot became invisible under the sun's rays.
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