Called “the extreme gem” by the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (Diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes.
Peridot, in shades of olive, is one of the few gemstones that forms in only one color. This beautiful lime green stone was historically called Olivine and was used to alleviate the negative aspects of aging and help clear the skin. Beautifully faceted, it evokes the lateness of summer and the onset of fall, as leaves morph from green to gold and hang like jewels in the sunlight. It is a crystal of warmth and well-being, mentally stimulating and physically regenerating. Peridot has a reputation for clearing depression and melancholy. It is a crystal of warmth and well-being, mentally stimulating and physically regenerating. It carries the gift of inner radiance, sharpening the mind and opening it to new levels of awareness and growth, helping one to recognize and realize one’s destiny and spiritual purpose.
Peridot may increase self-confidence but tempers arrogance with patience and clarity of thought. Peridot worn as a pendant helps to clear and keep open the heart and mind. Peridot is mined in far flung places such as Hawaii, Arizona, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan and South Africa. An international and ancient gem.