Peridot; Myth & Legend Gem of the Sun

Ancient Egyptians called peridot the ‘gem of the sun’ although they believed its seekers might not find it in sunlight. Because of their brightness in the desert sun, the stones were supposedly invisible by daylight. In darkness, however, they were alleged to display a light of their own so that miners were able to mark their locations by night and return to recover their treasures by day.

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