When the mineral olivine is of gemstone quality it is called peridot. This exquisite stone has been mined for thousands of years.
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that only come in one colour: bottle or olive green. Of course, the intensity and tint of the colour can vary based in the quantity of iron in the stone. Peridot can be found in meteriorites, and as far as we know, peridot is the only gemstone that exists in space. Peridot also exists in volcanic rock. Crusaders brought peridot to Europe in the Middle Ages. They found it on volcanic islands in the Red Sea. On Hawaii the green stones were discovered between the black-grey sand of the volcanic beaches. According to the indigenous people, they were left there by Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. That’s why they call the stones ‘Pele’s Tears’. The stone is supposed to ward off evil spirits, decrease stress and increase self-confidence. The peridot that Luciënne used for this beautiful ring comes from a special mine in Myanmar (Burma) and is called Mogok.