One of my favourite festivals in the world is Holi, the joyous spring Hindu celebration that’s a riot of
colours. Last year I was in Varanasi, an ancient city on the banks of the Ganges River in Northern India,
joining the festivities as laughingpeople covered each other in brightly hued powders and liquids.
I was covered head to toe in multiple hues and I definitely was not supposed to be working.
But amidst the explosion of colour, one particular shade caught my eye, and, before I remembered
I was on vacation, I found myself inside a gemstone dealer’s tiny but tidy store, eye to eye with a
stunning display of olive-green peridot. The result is the Varanasi Peridot Collection, headlined by
an 80-carat peridot necklace of perfectly sunny yellow-green discs on a gold-finished chain. Peridot
is a special stone, one of the very few that occurs in only one colour— it’s either green peridot, or it’s
not peridot at all. I negotiated a great price then and there in the dealer’s shop, sealed with a
handshake that produced a puff of brightly coloured powder. That handshake means we can offer
you the Varanasi Peridot Collection for an amazing price. So now you can join in the Holi festivities
and cover yourself in green.