Everything You Need to Know About Peridot

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 in Gemstones, Informational.

  • 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.