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The Precious Gemstone Peridot

Posted by Carla Grimaldi on

Peridot Peridot has a very long written history. The Crusaders brought peridot to Europe in the Middle Ages from St. John’s Island in the Red Sea, where it has been mined for over 3,500 years. Ancient papyri record the mining of these stones as early as 1500 BC. The main source of peridot in the ancient world was Topazo Island (now Zabargad or St. John’s Island) in the Egyptian Red Sea. In Ancient times, peridot stones were used for carved talismans.  Peridot is the National gem of Egypt. Ancient Egyptians knew it as “the gem of the sun.”  Peridot happens...

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