Peridot is the gem form of Olivine, a magnesium iron silicate mineral, with the amount of iron being responsible for the color. While Olivine is an abundant mineral, gem-quality Peridot is rather rare, especially in larger stones. It varies from bright yellow-green, lime or pure green, to deep olive or brownish-green; the most valued being a dark olive-green. It occurs for the most part as an eye-clean gem with excellent transparency. There is no known treatment to improve its color or clarity and therefore is not heat-treated or enhanced in any way. There have been reports, however, of unscrupulous producers using metal-foiling to increase stability or to coat paler stones. [
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. While these Peridots are born of Earth, other crystals of Peridot have extraterrestrial origins, found in rare pallasite meteorites (only 61 known to date) formed some 4.5 billion years ago, remnants of our solar system’s birth. Peridot in its basic form, Olivine, was also found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe in 2006, has been discovered on the moon, and detected by instrument on Mars by NASA’s Global Surveyor.
Peridot gemstones are found in many places on Earth, including the United States, Hawaii, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. Much of the world's peridot used in mass-production jewelry is mined at the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona. Higher quality and larger peridot crystals are mined in Pakistan and Myanmar.
Ancients believed that Peridot was ejected to Earth by a sun’s explosion and carries its healing power. Using peridot gemstones is a wonderful way to encourage yourself to have a more positive attitude about the world, if that is something you struggle to achieve.
Peridot is often used to attract money and abundance.
The energy of these green stones brings improved emotional health, and also help to create increase in love and joy in your life.
A stone of transformation, Peridot is excellent for use in recovery from tobacco or inhalant dependencies, as well as other addictions. And it is especially effective for those who suffer from recurring nightmares about evil spirits, murders or sexual attacks.
Physically, Peridot offers deep healing vibrations to the whole body, and can be helpful to those recovering from illness or accidents. Peridot can relieve allergic reactions, ease problems of the lungs, heart, and stomach, and is believed to assist in childbirth.