Peridot: Strung on Donkey Hair to Protect Against Evil

Egyptians attributed amuletic and medicinal powers to peridot. To exert its full powers, they believed, the gem had to be set in gold to ‘chase away the terrors of the night’. It was considered effective as a protection against evil spirits when it was pierced, strung on a ‘donkey’s hair’ and worn on the left arm.

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