Ancients believed that peridot aided clear seeing and problem solving. They saw it as a healer of the spirit and physical body. They also claim it offers protection from nervousness from others (stage fright), fearlessness and strong will.
Before the advent of modern chemistry, stones were classified by color only: all red stones were rubies and all green stones were emeralds. "Emeralds", which we now know to be peridot, were mined on St. John's Island (also called Zebirget) in the Red Sea as early as 1300 B.C. At that time the island was known as Topazios, and the green gems were called Topaz.
Peridot, a gem variety of the mineral olivine, was greatly prized by Egyptian kings, and was often mined under harsh conditions. It is said that pirates discovered peridot on Zebirget, but the island was often hidden by heavy fog and its location was lost for centuries. Zebirget and the peridot mines were rediscovered in the 1900s.
Part of the romance of emerald comes from its association with Cleopatra. A portion of that romance should rightfully belong to high-quality peridot, since some, if not all, of Cleopatra's "emeralds" were no doubt peridot.
Peridot is a gem that's been connected to superstition throughout the ages. Associated with the sun, peridot is believed to have the power to break evil spells and dispel the mysteries of the dark. During the Middle Ages, people wore peridot to gain foresight and divine inspiration.
All bead necklaces are finished with black satin cord in your choice of overall length from 18" to 24". All wire wrapped pendants are available on 24" or 30" black satin or black leather cords-your choice.
with Gold Plated Bedas
with Gold Plated Beads
The gemstone beads and pendants we use are all natural. People who love natural stone jewelry accept and relish the fact that natural stone is not a sterile gem quality, but shows the variations and adverse climatic conditions under which it was created. In any natural stone there will be imperfections if viewed from a gemstone mindset. Natural stone is beautiful and unique because of its often rough or scarred appearance. If you have a question about the piece you are interested in, contact me.