Mythology: The Hawaiian Goddess Pele and Peridots
Jewellery has always expressed a rich history with formidably vibrant characters in mythology. We hope that you will join us in exploring the enchanting saga of Goddess Pele and her creation of peridot gemstones in Hawaii.
Pele, also known as Pelehonuamea, is the Hawaiian Goddess of fire and volcanoes, and is respected for her great generosity. It is said that the spirit of Goddess Pele resides in the Halena'uma'u crater of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.
She has gained a reputation for her volatile temper, but also her passionate and generous nature, possessing the power to create and destroy. Pele has wiped out many areas with lava, but in return has created over 70 acres of new land along the southern coast of the Big Island since 1983. The Ancient Hawaiians often chanted about Pele, addressing her as "she who shapes the sacred land", and wrote tales of Gods and Goddesses who had tried to subdue her but failed.
Hawaiians leave offerings for Pele in order to please her and provide good luck by placing fruits, flowers and leaves in their homes or in volcanic cracks.
In Ancient Hawaiian folklore, Pele has a strong connection to peridot gemstones and many consider them as gifts of healing, wealth, growth and beauty from the Goddess. It is believed that these vibrant green gems are Pele's tears that have fallen to Earth. Pele's peridots can be found in Oahu beach's dazzling green sand.