A word of caution: The peridot crystal is only for the most extreme personalities. If you're interested in harnessing the magickal proprties of this firey, intense gemstone, you'd better be able to handle it! It is sometimes referred to as "That stone which is the color of Mountain Dew." And it's true: few things are similar to the delicious lemon-lime color of a peridot. It is truly a unique stone for many reasons.
The brilliant yellow-green peridot is one of history's oldest gemstones. The earliest written history of the peridot dates back to about 1500 B.C. in ancient Egypt. There are some experts who feel that the infamous emeralds which were worn and prized by Cleopatra were actually peridots.
Most gemstones are formed in the Earth's crust. This is not true of the diamond or the peridot. Instead, these gems are formed in the mantle of the earth, and rise to the surface as the mantle is disturbed by various forces of nature. Peridots are formed higher up in the mantle than diamonds, but both are pushed upward by volcanic activity and earthquakes.
Throughout history, the peridot has been revered as having many different mystical powers. First and foremost is the peridot's power to shatter and dispel all other enchantments at the bearer's will. It is unparalleled in its ability to dissolve spellwork -- for maximum potency, choose a peridot which is set in gold. Its healing properties are also legendary; peridot allegedly has the power to heal asthma, to alleviate fevers, and to help the digestive system work in optimal condition.
Peridots are also thought to alleviate a number of emotional and mental issues, as well. It can fight depression and anxiety; it's particularly helpful for phobias and panic attacks. Sadness, grief, and sorrow can be helped by lighter shades of peridot as well. Peridot can also enhance restful sleep and relaxation. It can also balance mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, and alleviate self-consciousness and low self-esteem.