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Peridot (pronounced 'pair-a-doe', which is also known as olivine or chrysolite, is formed from the magma in volcanic rock. It is usually bottle, olive or yellowish-green in colour.

Peridot was worn as jewellery by the ancient Egyptian, who also employed it for healing purposes. it has been mined as a gemstone for an estimated four thousand years and is mentioned in the Bible, where it is called by the Hebrew name pitdah, also being said to have been one of the stones that was used in the breastplate of the Jewish High Priest. Peridot was used to drive away evil spirits during the Middle Ages.
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