CrystalBenefits takes you on a trip to learn more about this gorgeous birthstone by studying its color, meaning, and the various associated myths.
Miners used it to mark their last location at night, as the gem glowed in the dark. They would then come back in the morning to retrieve the stone. This is why the stone is often known as the 'evening emerald'.
The stone is also known by the names olivine and chrysolite. While the former is a mineral name, the latter is an ancient name. It is said that olivine (peridot) protects its wearer from evil and when set in gold, protects one from night terrors. It was grounded into a powder as a remedy for asthma and a cure for fever.
The color green of peridot is a symbol of nature, and also of renewal of life. It is often also considered a symbol of success and dignity. It protects its wearer from negativity, reduces stress, and induces relaxation. Peridot is also an appropriate gift for someone celebrating their 16th marriage anniversary.
This stone is translucent, and has alternating bands of brownish red and white which run parallel to each other. A symbol of happiness in a relationship, it is believed that as a stone it can impart courage and bring success and good luck to an individual.