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Peridot – The Evening Emerald

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Peridot from the Past

With its gentle glow, a talisman against terrors of the night.

The peridot originates from­ Zabargad Island, a small volcanic island in the Red Sea. From the early 2nd millennium B.C. this ancient stone was found to have been used in Egyptian jewellery.

Map showing Zabargad Island

Zabargad Island in the Red Sea

The Other Side of Peridot

Peridot has been thought to emit a warm and friendly energy; to inspire happiness in the self, and delight in the nature of one’s life. I continue to be interested in stories that have travelled with gemstones, stories that have survived history. Whilst there’s no scientific evidence to support the notes, the associated folklore still intrigues me.

Peridot as Emerald

Peridot is often referred to as the evening emerald as it holds its colour in twilight more tenderly than true emeralds. With its gentle glow, early lapidaries pronounced peridot a good talisman against terrors of the night.

To me, the Peridot Compass Necklace in the picture has something of an ancient feel to it, as if it belonged to a protector with a strong character and a kind heart.

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