The birthstone for the month of August, peridot was referred to in ancient times as the "gem of the sun."
A favorite among ancient Egyptians and Turkish sultans, peridot was believed to protect the wearer against all evil spirits as well as banish evil thoughts and even dissolve enchantments. However, in order to unleash the stone's full protective and magical powers, it must be set in gold.
Peridot jewelry reached the height of its popularity during the late Victorian Aesthetic Period between 1885 and 1901, which is exactly when this jaw dropping ring was made.
Handcrafted by British jewelers Charles Lyster and Son, who produced exquisitely detailed fine jewelry from 1890 to 1920, this beautiful piece is set in 9k gold, which makes it perfect to ward off witches, succubi, or whatever evil you may have lurking in your life.
It features a dazzling faceted oval peridot centerpiece -- measuring just under a carat -- and is surrounded by 10 delicate seed pearls. This truly is a spectacular piece!
Materials: 9k gold, peridot, natural seed pearls, glass
Markings: C.L & S (for Charles Lyster and Son), 9, 375, Birmingham anchor, Z date letter
Condition: Very Good
Peridot and gold have light surface scratches consistent with age and wear. Peridot does have a few dark crystal inclusions, which are common in this stone. Four of the pearls have been replaced: two with natural pearls and two with glass pearls. This is quite common with pearl jewelry of the era and does not detract.
Cleaning and Care
Pearls are very porous. Do not submerge them into any sort of harsh chemicals as it will ruin them. Clean gently with warm soap and water and a soft bristled brush. Dry thoroughly. Lightly polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, if needed.