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Peridots are found in crevices of volcanic rock and as crystallized gemstones in veins running through the mountains of Myanmar and Pakistan. Peridots may also be found in meteorites, albeit rarely.
The word Peridot comes from the French peritot, meaning gold. Peridots are yellowish-green in color with a hint of gold and are thought to have a calming effect. There are some who have given this gemstone the name “evening emerald” because the stone throws off a brilliant green glow when looked at under artificial light.
In the Middle Ages, Europeans brought back Peridot stones from the Crusades and used them to decorate church emblems, goblets, serving plates and robes of the clergy class.
In biblical times, Hebrews were familiar with Peridots because Aaron, the brother of Moses and a High Priest, used them in religious ceremonies. Mention of this stone is found in the text of the Apocalypse. The New Testament calls Peridot Chrysolite, which is the seventh of the twelve stones that form the foundation of New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19,20).
Many legends surround this gemstone and in each case they emphasize the magical powers of Peridots. For example, legend says if this beautiful gem is set in gold, it develops its full potential as a talisman and has the power to dispel terrors of the night, fears and bad dreams. There was a belief that cups and other vessels made of Peridots had enhanced healing powers.
Other legends say that Peridots free the mind from envious thoughts, protects the wearer from the “evil eye,” brings happiness and good cheer and strengthens the eyes of the wearer.
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