Peridot Rings: A Hawaiian
In Hawaii there is another, totally unique, story about the origin of the
peridot. On The Big Island – Hawaii – at the shore at South Point, is a beach
made up of what seems to be green sand. Spewed by volcanoes and tumbled by the
sea, these are tiny crystals of peridot. In about 1911, the noted American
geologist/volcanologist Frank Perret of the Carnegie Institution, christened
these beadlike bits of peridot 'Pele's Tears'. They're named after Pele, the
Tahitian-born Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire, known for her violent
temper and jealousy. Today, from her home in the active volcano of Kilauea, Pele
is believed to venture out from time to time and travel in this mortal vale.
Traditionally associated with wealth, peacefulness and safe and secure
relationships, the peridot is also said to strengthen the spleen, liver and
gallbladder. Detoxification, of various types, seems to rank high in the
attributes of the peridot. In addition, at one time, ground peridot was
dissolved in water and taken by mouth as a treatment for asthma.
Peridots have even been found in meteorites! From this fact and all the
various stories, myths, and traditions connected with it, you could even say
that the peridot is simply out of this world! You'd be at least partially right.
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