The peridot stone, deriving its color from the iron mineral within, is a natural crystal containing a significant amount of magnesium. It is one of the two gemstones formed not in the Earth’s crust but in the molten rocks of the upper mantle—the other being, of course, the diamond. Peridot is a rare type of gemstone, occurring in various shades of a single color.

This stone, known for its olive-green color, has different versions regarding the origin of its name. Peridot, also known as Zebercet (Chrysolite), is derived from the Greek word “peridona,” which means “giving richness” in Greek. In another version, it is believed that the name of the peridot stone comes from the Arabic word “faridat,” meaning “jewel.” The word Zebercet is also of Arabic origin and was used during the Ottoman period to describe a precious stone that was valuable and green in color. With the mention of the island of Zabargad near the Red Sea as the first geographical location where this precious stone was found, its origin is thought to date back to the Ancient Egyptian period. The ancient Egyptians regarded peridot as a “precious stone of the sun” with the ability to scare away and ward off evil. Egyptian priests used to crush them and mix them into warm beverages, believing that consuming peridot would bring them closer to the light of the world. Some historians even suggest that the emerald gemstones adorning the jewelry of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra were actually embellished with peridot.

In Ancient Rome, peridot, known as “the evening emerald,” was brought to Europe after the Crusades in the Middle Ages. It was then used decoratively in churches and religious-themed items. In various cultures of the Far East, peridot was not only recognized as a precious gem but also believed to have healing properties. Peridots gained popularity in the mid-1800s during the Victorian and Edwardian eras when ornate jewelry adorned with colored gemstones was at the height of fashion. King Edward VII of England declared peridots as his favorite gemstone.

Found in nature in shades of olive green and lighter tones, resembling olive and lime, peridot is highly sought after in craftsmanship for its appearance after being processed and polished. Necklaces and bracelets offer enchanting ways to come into direct contact with the powerful features of peridot. Necklaces adorned with this gemstone contribute to a sense of calm by balancing the energy connection between the body and the stone. A peridot bracelet, while adding a beautiful green shimmer to your wrist, brings a wave of positive intentions and change into your life.

It is believed that the stone, with its magical and mystical properties, has a positive impact on the person using it, bringing beauty, ease, luck, and prosperity into their life. This gemstone, particularly popular in accessories, is frequently encountered in meditations and Feng Shui practices. The green peridot, bringing balance, justice, and creative energy to the workplace, is highly effective in creating a happy atmosphere in the home. Associated with the heart chakra, this stone assists in uncovering the reasons behind recurring and unhealed emotional wounds, while regulating a person’s energy
during this process. Additionally, those experiencing communication issues can incorporate peridot into their meditations to address and overcome these challenges.

In terms of physical health, peridot, with its healing effects on the liver and gallbladder, strengthens the bond between the user and the environment due to its rich green color.

Countries like China, Brazil, Norway, Egypt, the Canary Islands, Australia, Hawaii, Brazil, and South Africa bring forth the most beautiful examples of peridot, which then enter the jewelry market, adding brilliance to dazzling pieces.