Peridot is found in lava, meteorites (although rare), and deep in the earth’s mantle. Most peridot gems come from volcanoes that delivered the gemstone from deep inside the earth.
It dates back 4.5 billion years. It has been found in pallasite meteorites, which are remnants of our solar system’s birth.
Recognized as the birthstone for August and the 16th anniversary gemstone.
Peridot has always been associated with light. The Egyptians called it the “Gem of the Sun.” It is believed to protect its owner from terrors of the night.
Its radiant green shine doesn’t change even with artificial light. For this reason, it’s nicknamed the emerald of the evening.
This gemstone actually has three names: peridot, chrysolite, and olivine. Peridot is the most commonly used name.
Peridot (or chrysolite) is mentioned in many ancient references, including the Bible. The early Christians considered it sacred and Catholic Bishops still wear a peridot and amethyst ring to symbolize purity.
It is one of the few gemstones which come in only one color. The intensity of the color depends on the amount of iron present.
Peridot has extremely high double refraction. When you look closely through the gem, you can see two of each pavilion facet.
Historically, peridot was believed to bring happiness, attract love and foster friendship.
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