Historically known as olivine, this lovely olive green stone is a symbol of prosperity and happiness. It's sometimes called the “evening emerald” for its light green color.
Peridot is named after the French word 'peritot', meaning gold, because the mineral contains golden yellow undertones. It is a birthstone for the month of August, and is the stone given to celebrate the 16th year of marriage.
The Peridot is the National Gemstone of Egypt and their love of this gemstone dates back to the Ancient Egyptians who called the Peridot “the gem of the sun.” Egyptian priests used goblets encrusted with peridot gems to commune with their nature gods as they believed that it harnessed the power of nature, and protected its wearer from terrors of the night.
It was also once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele.
Peridot is a gemstone of positive power and strength, a talisman for love and the source of all abundance. Used with the right intent, it helps expand one's ability to receive from the Universe on all levels of life.
Peridots are also known to attract love, and alleviate anger, jealousy, resentment, fear, depression, bitterness, irritation, hatred, greed, guilt and reduce stress. The peridot stone may be beneficial to those who have self-esteem problems. It enhances confidence and assertion without aggression, motivating growth and change.