April 6, 2020

Peridot Gemstone Facts – The “Gem of the Sun”


Peridot is another gemstone which has been known for centuries. To start with, let me tell you one amazing thing out of all other important Peridot gemstone facts. Peridot crystals are found in meteorites.  That’s right, you are about to learn about a stone which exists in other planets as well.


Some Interesting Peridot Gemstone Facts

The Name Peridot was coined out from a French word Peritot, which has its meaning to be “Gold” because of the mineral change in different colors. Just as sapphire is the birthstone of the month September, so does August have its child to be Peridot. Significantly, when celebrating a 16th wedding anniversary, Peridot is the Gemstone to be given. The history of the Peridot can be traced back as far as 1500BC. Since then, mining hasn’t been slowed down or at a halt by different valuers in different locations and region.

The shimmering yellow-green color of the Peridot is what makes it stand out amongst other Gemstones. Peridot hasn’t been much appreciated like other Gemstones for years. It has been seen as a lesser gem, small, easily obtained and relatively cheap. Its popularity, has fallen in and out of vogue for different centuries. However, there’s a sudden need for the Peridot, bringing it again to the limelight called “the extreme gem” as requested by the Gemological Institute of America.

Peridot is born of fire and then brought to light. It’s the other gemstone apart from diamond to be formed not in the Earth’s crust, but the molten rock of the upper mantle. It then reaches the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes.

As much as knowing peridot gemstone facts, it is important to identify cut and polished peridot gemstones correctly
image 1 : Some cut and polished Peridot gemstones

Physical Properties of Peridot

Let’s go through some technical Peridot gemstone facts.

Like many other precious Gemstones, Peridot can be seen mostly in pebble-sized specimens that have been weathered by thousands of years of erosion in gemstone vein. China, Australia, Brazil, Norway, South Africa and the Canary Island provide the finest gem quality of Peridot stones. There are many other sources of Peridot which include Arizona, Mexico, Oregon, Norway, Pakistan and Russia.

Below are some important Peridot gemstones facts with regard to its structure and composition.


  • Mineral Information = Nesocilicate
  • Chemical Composition= (Mg, Fe) 2SiO4
  • Color =Medium- pale lime green
  • Hardness=6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)
  • Specific Gravity = 3.27 – 3.37
  • Refractive Index = 1.654 – 1.690

Here is a great video of a set of people mining Peridot gemstone.

History of Peridot

Peridot is known as the national Gemstone of Egypt. The ancient Egyptians called it “the gem of the sun.” For more than 3500 years now, St John’s Island ( also known as Zabaragad island) has been the mining site for Peridot. As far back 19th century, the Khedive of Egypt had a monopoly on the mines. At one point, the whereabouts of the Island became a mystery for many centuries until it was rediscovered back in 1905.

The Island is located exactly 35 miles of the Egyptian coastal port of Berenica. Record holds it that millions of dollars’ worth of Peridot were produced out of St John’s Island. After the year 1905, production of Peridot gemstone got to its peak but later fell tremendously in the late 1930s. By this time, nothing could be gotten out of it. It remained at a standstill till 1958 when the mines became nationalized. Although parcels of St. John’s Peridot are still seen in the market occasionally, it isn’t known yet if they are old or new ones. Most people believe they are old ones.

Peridot Gemstone Meaning

When discussing about Peridot gemstone facts, its meaning and benefits is extremely important.

Peridot is highly beneficial for tuning and regulating life of its wearer, such as emotional or mental phases, physical circles, as well as the intellectual progression. It also helps in driving away negative patterns and old vibrations that keeps re-occurring and keeping one from attaining success.

Peridot hastens one’s progress by removing the blockage that is responsible for failure. Opening the heart of its wearer to receive in abundance from the universe with grace and gratitude.

Peridot is indeed a stone of transformation. Addicts of tobacco and inhalant dependencies as well as other addictions who makes use of Peridot has a 95% chance of recovery. More importantly, it is a healer to the wounded, serving as an essential guide in speeding up the healing process that helps others going through what you have already overcome in the past. Its effectiveness in amplifying the Reiki energies are indeed on the high side.

The crystal structure is important when studying peridot gemstone facts
image 2 : A Peridot Crystal


Peridot gemstone is the ideal gemstone for discharging emotional issues that can affect the human body. Place it over the solar plexus, known as “butterflies,” to relax and release nervous stress as well as relieve apprehension and remorse, anxiety or impatience.

In order to help your good qualities such as forgiveness and get rid of jealousy and depressive feelings, place the Peridot over the heart chakra. It also helps you to overcome lack of self-belief or confidence which was a result of things happened in the family or in love relationships.

Peridot gemstone can be used in looking for things missing or mislaid in the real world, as well as in looking for an enlightened state, to achieve results. Wearing peridot set in Gold helps to bring in a peaceful sleep to its wearer, especially those who suffer from nightmares about evil spirits, murders, or sexual attack.

The Peridot can also be worn as a talisman of luck and as the stone of the sun, to prevent personal darkness. It adds charm and eloquence to one’s presentation, evokes an optimistic, helpful response from typically unhelpful people, and boosts one’s benefit in commerce. It protects the wearer from envy, gossips, and people who deceive you.

When comes to the benefits of the stone, it is also important to keep a positive attitude and an open mind when holding or wearing the Peridot Gemstone. Otherwise it will not work efficiently. Otherwise it will not work efficiently.

Wrap Up

I discussed quite a few important Peridot gemstone facts. I described some very interesting facts and bit of history of the stone as well. Benefits of the stone was discussed in detail. 

I hope you will find the article useful. Please let me know your thoughts or any question you have.




8 thoughts on “Peridot Gemstone Facts – The “Gem of the Sun”

  1. Hi Rajith, A very in depth article on the Peridot, it’s amazing where it actually comes from and the amazing benefits that it has, thank-you. Regards Barry

  2. Loved the article. I have never heard of Peridot before. The details you give in both the physical component and mental health benefits are comprehensive,

  3. Hi Rajith, thank you for sharing! I found it very interesting that wearing a peridot gemstone can have a positive effect on your mental health, it’s so cool!

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