Peridot is not a newly discovered gemstone. In fact, this beautifully colored stone is mentioned in countless ancient orientations as "chrysolite." It is referenced all through the Bible, and antediluvian Christians revered it. Even today, Catholic Bishops customarily wear a ring of peridot and amethyst as an insignia of morality and purity. At our store, we revere the astounding history of the peridot.
It's amazing aura and narrative is quite entertaining to share with our many customers who inquire about it. For example, many are surprised to learn that peridot is one the oldest gemstones in the world. Ancient Egyptians, approximately 1580 B.C. to 1350 B.C., developed beads from peridot. In other civilizations like Rome and Greece, peridot was regularly used in pendants, inlays, rings, and intaglios.
Peridot is a transparent multiplicity of olivine, a mineral comprised of magnesium-iron silicates. Its green shade is due to the influence of its iron content. The hue of olivine varies from olive to lime-green, with a brownish tint at times.
The peridot is associated with love, loyalty, fame, money, healing, dignity, and protection. Since olden times it has been regarded as a symbol of the sun, and the Greeks proclaimed that it engendered dignity upon the wearer. Throughout the Middle Ages, peridot was pierced, strung onto the hair of a donkey, and fixed firmly to the left arm to protect against evil-spirits.
Peridots were brought to Europe, where they were used as adornments in churches, by the Crusaders who thought they were emeralds. It is believed that peridot emanates from the French term "peridot" which means unclear, perhaps because of its many inclusions and murky nature in bigger stones. Others say it derives from the Arabic expression "faridat" which means gem.
The highest quality peridot has traditionally been found in Egypt or Myanmar; however, new outstanding varieties have been discovered in Pakistan. Arizona has a large quantity of peridot, but of lesser quality. It is much more plentiful, and therefore more inexpensive. It is estimated that 80% to 95% of the world's peridot production comes from Arizona in the United States. Peridot is also found in Australia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, China, Brazil, Norway, Hawaii, Germany, and Mexico.
The history of the peridot is very much a part of its splendor today. We offer top-quality peridot gemstones and affiliate its history very much with how it is promoted. Peridot's hue and smooth finish makes it a favorite stone for dazzling jewelry pieces. It is a gorgeous gemstone in its own right and its popularity is said to be flourishing every year. With fresh discoveries in other regions producing remarkably glowing crystallized specimens, peridot will be a favorite gemstone for years to come.