Peridot is a gemstone that has a fascinating history, both in nature and culture. It is one of the oldest known gemstone; there are ancient written records that document the mining of peridot as early as 1500 B.C. It is a gem that is connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridots.
Peridot was first used in the ancient world as a talisman and it has a long standing mystical reputation. It has been thought to have the power of warding off anxiety, making men more articulate and promoting success in relationships and marriage.
Peridot is believed to have the power to dissolve enchantments; it is to be used to protect the wearer from evil spirits. The high priest's breastplate, which is described in the Book of Exodus, includes a stone for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, one of which was a Peridot.
This Peridot necklace was made using one of the large crushed Peridots in the breastplate of the High Priest. It is special and holds special powers sacred to a real high priest.