Fine Green Peridot Gemstone Crystal. What a find! I met a newlywed Pakistani couple whose grandfather gave them, as a wedding gift, his reserve of peridot crystals. It was to be their start in the time honored Pakistani gem trade. Since the time of Marco Polo (and likely much earlier) Pakistani merchants have been gem traders.
Dimensions (millimeters): 30 x 15 x 10
Dimensions (inches): 1.2 x .6 x .4
Origins: Sapat, Kohistan, Pakistan
Peridot is the jewel name for the mineral Forsterite/Olivine. The ancient Egyptians mined peridot on the Red Sea island of Zabargad, the source for many large fine peridots in the world’s museums. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun" or "Cleopatra's Emeralds." Today this gem is still prized for its restful yellowish green hues and long history. Peridot is August Birthstone, Libra Birthstone, a lucky charm for Leo and 16th anniversary stone
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