Custom Simulated Peridot (Corundum) Earrings Sterling Silver
Custom Simulated Peridot (Corundum) Earrings Sterling Silver
Custom Simulated Peridot (Corundum) Earrings Sterling Silver

Custom Simulated Peridot (Corundum) Earrings Sterling Silver

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Custom Simulated Peridot (Corundom)Sterling Silver Earrings  Corundom is the closest you are going to get to the real thing with out the high price...

size 24mm x 14mm or 15/16 inch x 9/16 inch  

What Is Peridot?

Peridot is a gem-quality form of the mineral olivine. This material is also referred to as chrysolite. 

Large quantities of peridot are mined from the San Carlos reservation in Arizona as well as in Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and China. Peridot is also mined in large quantities in many other parts of the world like Pakistan and Kenya. Peridot that is mined in the U.S. is usually much smaller and lighter in color than the varieties from other locales. 

Some peridot specimens have been discovered in meteorites, though this finding is very rare.

History

Peridot is a French word that is derived from the Arabic word "faridat" meaning gem. The use of peridot in jewelry and other applications dates as far back as the ancient Egyptians from around 1500 B.C., making it one of the oldest gemstones. Egyptians referred to these green jewels as "gems of the sun." Back then the stones were mined on the Egyptian island Topazios which is now known as Zeberget. The stones were only mined at nighttime because it was believed they were not easily seen in daylight. Mining at night was also likely a result of the island being infested with snakes.

Throughout history, peridot jewels have been confused with emeralds. It was thought for a long time that the very large peridot jewels weighing more than 200 carats each adorning the Shrine of the Three Kings at the Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. Likewise, many people now believe that Cleopatra's famous "emerald" jewels were in fact peridot. Peridot has also been mistakenly referred to throughout history as topaz.

It is believed that Napoleon gave Josephine a peridot jewel as a symbol of his love for her.

According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridot has been the official birthstone of August along with sardonyx since 1912. 

Folklore

Some of the myths and legends surrounding peridot include these:

  • In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Hele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes. 
  • Romans referred to peridot as "evening emerald" because unlike the deep hues of emeralds, peridot gemstones did not darken at night and still shimmered under candlelight. 
  • Legend has it that peridot could ward off evil spirits.
  • Peridot is thought to aid in the success of marriage and other relationships. This may be because it is thought to encourage positive energy as well as suppress ego and jealousy. 

The gem is found primarily among rocks that were created by volcanoes and buried deep underground (igneous rocks), so wherever there are or were volcanoes, this mineral is likely to be found.

Large quantities of peridot are mined from the San Carlos reservation in Arizona as well as in Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and China. Peridot is also mined in large quantities in many other parts of the world like Pakistan and Kenya. Peridot that is mined in the U.S. is usually much smaller and lighter in color than the varieties from other locales. 

Some peridot specimens have been discovered in meteorites, though this finding is very rare.