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Peridot Peridot (pronounced pear-uh-doe) is a French word derived from the Arabic faridat, which means gem. The stone ranges in colour from light yellow-green to the intense bright green of new grass to olive. Peridot has a hardness of 6.5 - 7. Peridot, also called precious olivine, is a gem-quality transparent green olivine. The crystals of Peridot have a vitreous lustre and conchoidal fracture. Gem-quality olivine is a mineral that composes a lot of the earth's mantel, the layer below the crust. It is also common in basalts on the moon. Chrysolite is a golden yellow variety of Peridot. Peridot has been adored since ancient times and has been valued for centuries. People in the Middle Ages wore Peridot to gain foresight and divine inspiration. Legend has it that pirates fevered Peridot to protect them against evil. Peridot was greatly prized by Egyptian Kings. Some of Cleopatra's emeralds were in fact Peridots. This beautiful stone is worn or carried for general healing purposes. Peridot increases strength & physical vitality. Peridot protects against nervousness and aids in healing hurt feelings. It helps liver & adrenal function. Peridot is also thought to protect lungs, sinuses, and wrists from illness and injury.
Peridot is used to help dreams become a reality. This very popular stone is believed to attract love. The deep green hue of the Peridot also suggests a connection in wealth-attracting. Peridot calms a raging anger. It is also useful to dispel negative emotions, and it is believed to promote sleep when worn to bed. Peridot is found in Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Burma, Pakistan, Norway, and USA (Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, and New Mexico).
Much of the today's Peridot comes from Arizona. Very large crystals are found in the Mogok district of Myanmar and in the Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Peridot has been mined from St John's Island in the Red Sea for over 3500 years. In 1994, an exciting new deposit of Peridot was discovered in Pakistan, and these stones are among the finest ever seen.