Whether you are looking for a gift for an August birthday or just love the soft lime color of the peridot, this stone compliments silver, and platinum settings well. Frequently given as a gift on the 16th wedding anniversary, peridot has a history that dates back to the breastplate of Aaron.
Unlike most gems, which form within the Earth’s crust. Peridot is formed in the magma of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by tectonic and volcanic activity. This alien green stone has also been found in meteorites that have fallen from space, as well as on Mars and the moon!
The first known location of peridot stones on Earth, present-day St. John’s Island is located off of Egypt in the Red Sea. The island was explored by the ancient Egyptians in the fourth century B.C. and mined for peridot stones until World War II. Because of the location of this gem source, Cleopatra’s famous emeralds are believed by many historians to have been peridots.
Throughout ancient times, peridot was thought to have mystical powers. From a remedy for asthma to an ability to ward off evil spirits, peridot was worn and used for a variety of reasons. Currently, peridot mined in Arizona, China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Hawaii. Found near Hawaiian volcanoes, it symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.
To learn more about the stone and purchase peridot jewelry, visit Garner’s Jewelry & Exchange Taylor, Michigan. We have a large selection of rings, necklaces and more.