Mother Nature gifted peridot on the occasion of creating Earth, according to the legends of ancient people.
Ancient Egyptians called peridot “the gemstone of a sun.” They thought it’s capable of bringing light in the darkest nights. Pharaohs went even further, encrusting their goblets to connect with the gods. When Roman times came, peridot received another title, “evening emerald.” The gem deserved being called like this because it never loses its shining color – even under artificial lighting.
Priests loved peridot so much that included this gemstone in almost every church they built in the Middle Ages.
There is a belief about peridot that its secret power is in destroying nightmares and filling the wearer with confidence and energy – especially when gold supplements this jewel. Also, peridot is associated with eliminating negative emotions and bringing peace and serenity, expelling “the terrors of the night.” Finally, the symbolism behind peridot includes harmony, restful sleep, and compassion. Keep calm and wear peridot, in short!
Sometimes, peridot can be a romantic stone. For example, Napoleon presented peridot to his wife, Josephine, in the name of their great love.
The biggest mistake made about peridots is when 200-carat gemstones on a shrine in Cologne Cathedral in Germany were called emeralds.
The largest peridot weighs 300 carats. It is stored in Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
Among the contemporary celebrity fans of peridot, this birthstone jewelry was spotted on Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore. Also, the members of the British royal family frequently appear in public wearing peridots. For King Edward VII, it was a favorite gemstone. He associated the green color of peridot with good luck.
In Hawaii, there is a sightseeing spot called Peridot Beach. Its sand has an unusual green color. It consists of olivine left from a volcanic erosion. By the way, peridots are believed to be the green tears of the volcano goddess Pele in the local culture.
Peridots are formed in the mantle of our planet and can be seen only with a volcanic eruption. Moreover, meteorites titled pallasites can bring them to our planet. Some peridots can also be found in crevices in the mountains.
Throughout the years, Egypt and Myanmar were two key places to spot peridots in the world. In the 19th century, huge deposits of this August birthstone were found in Pakistan, with enormous 100-carat “Kashmir peridots.” These days, mining of peridots almost completely takes place in San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona, United States. Its capacities are enough to satisfy the demand for peridots and make them affordable for any person born in August.