Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Peridot in the 13th century

Very little was known about peridot in the 13th century, and only few stones available were the ones found in Alexandria, Egypt, bu digging archeological sites and old ruins. It was believed that they were the remnants of Alexander The Great's treasures.

Some peridot gemstones was obtained from St.John's island, also called Zabardjad or Zabargad island in the Red Sea, which is the only location to yield large crystals suitable for cutting at the time. This location must have been unknown until the beginning of 19th century, when Viceroy Mohammad Ali of Egypt had these mines worked exclusively for him.

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