Peridot has always ben associated with light. Egyptians even called it the “gem of the sun”.
Peridot was first mined off an island near Egypt. It was often confused with other gemstones such as emerald or topaz. Historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous collection of emeralds were actually peridot.
The confusion between peridot and emeralds continued through Medieval times as well. For centuries, people believed that the gems that covered the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. They are, in fact, peridot.
I’ve included links below to the items featured in this video, but I can’t include them all so be sure to check out the Jewelry category on PoliceAuctions.com for a full selection of peridot items. If you would like to bid on an item, just click the blue link below the picture of the item to be taken to its bidding page.
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