Gemstones: Peridot

The Evening Emerald

"Topazius" is one ancient name for the stone we know as peridot (the mineral olivine, in gem-quality form.) Another name for it is "chrysolite" (no longer really used, as it could be confused with chrysoberyl.) The ancient texts on gemstones make it challenging, as one name can mean several different gem species (sapphire = anything blue, etc.) To make matters worse, an … [Read more...]