In ancient times, mariners and pirates believed that Peridot would glow in the dark whenever it was near buried treasure or hidden ore veins, particularly of gold or silver.
Medieval alchemists used Peridot in amulets to protect the wearer from demons, but by Renaissance times, Peridot has become a love stone, worn to attract romance. Eastern mystics recommended Peridot to attract wealth and prosperity, or to ward off stress.
In this century, Peridot has become the August birthstone. It has also been alleged to encourage a positive emotional outlook on life, to prevent fear or guilt, and to help develop patience.
These days, Peridot is so beautiful, affordable and available that there’s no mystery at all about why jewelry lovers have added it to the palette of popular gemstone colors.