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What the Romans hailed as the "Evening emerald" might have been "Cleopatra's emeralds" too. Scholars now believe that many of the Egyptian queen's emeralds would have in fact been peridot. This green olivine, mined on the island of Zabargad was known for centuries as "chrysolite" before it came to be known as peridot.

The lure of the peridot enchanted Europeans too, for they brought back the stones from the Crusades and decorated church plates and enhanced robes with peridot too. It is also listed as one of the stones used by Aaron (from the ancient Hebrew culture) as the second gemstone on his breastplate. Apart from Zabargad, Burma produced peridot too. In the late 90’s San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona emerged as the sole supplier of peridot.

Consider this; peridot is one of the rare gems, which is not color-enhanced. Hence, there is no known synthetic version to this irreplaceable gemstone. It is the birthstone for people who are born in the month of August and bears a hardness of 6.5 on the Mohs scale.

Peridot – A Gem for every Spirit and Expression

Egyptians regarded the peridot as the "gem of the sun". They believed that it had the ability to reduce anxiety and helped improve verbal communication. It is believed to have the ability to make dreams come true and has been awarded the emblem of energy, strength and fame. Peridot is available in a variety of green shades, ranging from yellowish green to a deeper olive green. Truer hues of green make the peridot valuable.

Such distinctly positive qualities and its bright beauty make the peridot a great option for couples who are interested in peridot engagement rings. Apart from that, its light color in is particularly suitable for antique, and art deco styles, which are sure to enliven any piece of jewelry with a vibrant use of color.

Peridot rings, earrings and pendants are widely revered for its physical, mystical and psychological benefits. Not just that, peridot will also help take your fashion quotient to the next level too. Go ahead, flaunt one today!