Top 5 Interesting Facts About Peridot
Peridot …… not just a pretty green gemstone
First used as a talisman in the ancient world, peridot has a long-standing mystical reputation.
Here are our top 5 interesting facts about Peridot that you may not have known.
Fact 1. Extraterrestrial peridot is a thing!
Incredibly rare, extraterrestrial peridot is found only in rare pallasite meteorites. Some of these meteorites are billions of years old and typically these rare specimens of peridot are the preserve of gem collectors. GIA researchers analyse elements and inclusions to distinguish between extraterrestrial peridot from their earthly counterparts.
Fact 2. Peridot is an indicator for diamonds
When prospectors go looking for diamonds, one of the stones they are looking for is Peridot.
The presence of peridots often indicate diamondiferous lamproite. Lamproite pipes help bring diamonds to the surface of the earth.
Fact 3. Peridot has been found in comet dust
In 2005, peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe.
Fact 4. Peridot has been mistaken for emeralds
In Medieval times, peridot was often confused with emeralds. It was believed for many years that the stunning 200ct. Gems decorating the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. It is now known, that these stone are peridots.
Fact 5. Peridot’s inclusions have interesting names!
Lily-pads, ludwigite hair and finger-prints are just some of the interesting names for inclusions found in peridots.
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