There's nothing like the bright golden-green of peridot to add a splash of color to your jewelry. But beauty isn't the only thing that this outstanding gemstone has going for it. There's also a treasure trove of gemstone lore attached to this stone, revealing why it has remained so popular, from antiquity right up until modern times.
Peridot is considered to be a healing stone by many, and this includes physical aches and pains as well as emotional ills. It has a reputation for dispelling negative feelings like anger, resentment, and all types of stress, and fostering a sense of joy, abundance, and renewal.
Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August, and it is also a traditional gift for 16th wedding anniversaries.
It's time to turn over a new leaf, and perhaps branch out a little bit, but at the end of the day, you should always remember to return to your roots.
The Silver Peridot Tree Pendant measures 1 1/2" tall, including bail, and is 1 1/16" in diameter. It is made of sterling silver, set with genuine facetted peridots, and it comes with an 18" sterling chain.
Is peridot known by any other name? Technically, peridot is a form of olivine, but that's not a particularly romantic name, now is it? So how about this as a bit of gemstone lore: ancient Egyptians called this gem the "stone of the Sun" because of its extraordinary golden-green color. Romans had a different name for it. They knew it as "Evening Emeralds", and their legends said that these stones would glow with an inner fire as the sun began to set. And Hawaiians who found peridot crystals in volcanic ash, dedicated the gem to their goddess of fire and lightning, and called it "Pele's tears".
Does peridot jewelry need any special care? In general, your peridot ring will not need anything more than a soft polishing cloth to bring out the shine in the gem and the sterling silver. Additional cleaning may be done with mild soap and warm water if needed. Using steam cleaning is not recommended, as peridot is sensitive to sudden and extreme temperature changes.