The Egyptians called peridot “the gem of the sun. ” Legend says it was Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone, and historians now believe that many of the “emeralds” she wore were actually peridot because Egypt and Burma were main providers of this gem during ancient times.

Why did Cleopatra wear eyeliner?

Cleopatra’s heavy eye make-up was not just for looks- it also protected her from disease, according to new research. Researchers now believe that Egyptians applied the eyeliner 4,000 years ago in order to ward off infections. Lead salts in the make-up helped to protect against eye disease, the French study claims. Jan 8, 2010

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