Where Peridot is found
The peridot gemstone which has been around since ancient times is enshrouded in a cloud of mystery. Ancient records place the discovery of peridot as early as 1500 BC but there are historical gaps in the timeline. Due to the stone’s color, it has often been mixed up with emeralds. Historians are now suggesting that Cleopatra’s famed emerald collections may have been peridots. Even though this could account for the gaps, there is no denying that peridots have a long and illustrious story.
As mentioned above, peridots were popular among Ancient Egyptians who used the stone for religious purposes. The Ancient Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun” and believed it to possess medicinal purposes. Priests would line cups with peridot and drink from it to heal sicknesses and pay tribute to the goddess.
In Europe, it gained popularity during the Crusades when the Europeans invaded Egypt. Under the name “chrysolite”, it appeared numerous times in the Christian bible; worn by Moses’ brother Aaron the Priest into battle. High-ranking Church members favored peridot as it was used for ecclesiastical purposes and represented purity in Christian folklore. The gemstone also received some positive attention in the wealthy monarch circle during the Baroque Period circa 1500 – 1700.
Hinduism considers peridot to be an important gemstone that honors the Hindu Goddess of Fortune and Abundance Lakshmi. Peridot is also used by the Hawaiians to pay respect to Pele, the Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes.
Periods have been used for hundreds of years to treat many ailments. It has been suggested that peridot can heal ulcers, stop constipation, strengthen muscle contractions during birth, and aid internal organs such as the heart and lungs. Its mystical powers have also been said to ward off nightmares and boost self-esteem.