Peridot: Topazos, Zabargad & St. John’s Faridat

Peridot’s history begins on a small desert island 50 miles off the southeast coast of Egypt in the Red Sea. The name of that Island has changed many times over recorded history. While ancient Greek and Roman literature calls the island ‘Topazos’, it is now known by two names: its immediate past and romantically sounding ‘St. John’s’ and its most recent label ‘Zabargad’, which is the Arabic word for peridot, although some sources attribute the name peridot to the Arabic word ‘faridat’ meaning gemstone.

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