Gem quality peridot, such as that in silver peridot jewelry, has been mined for thousands of years, and is mentioned in the Bible as chrysolite. Indeed, some jewelers still use the name chrysolite – latin for golden stone – when referring to peridot.
Throughout time, peridot has been confused with many other gemstones. Many "emeralds" among royal treasures have turned out to be peridot! And although peridot, such as that in silver peridot jewelry, is a distinctly different shade of green, many jewelers refer to it as "evening emerald". Emerald is dark green, as opposed to a yellow green, and always contains inclusions.
Silver peridot jewelry is believed to bring the wearer good luck, peace and success. The powers of peridot are said to include health, protection and sleep. The gemstone is thought to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.