.6" Green Olivine Peridot Crystal - Pakistan

This is a wonderful, .6" wide, green olivine peridot crystal with nice terminations that was collected from Kaghan Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.

This specimen has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack.

Peridot is a magnesium iron silicate mineral with the basic chemical formula Mg2SiO4. It is a gem variety of the mineral forsterite, and ranges between yellow, olive, and brownish green depending on the amount of iron present during formation. Dark, olive green-colored peridot gems are typically the most sought after.

Peridot was originally named as topaz and was used for a variety of reasons, whether it be during the Crusades as a way to adorn religious objects, or even thought by many to posses medicinal powers. For unknown reasons, the original name was removed and given to the mineral that most know as topaz today, sometime during the 18th century. Peridot has remained pertinent throughout the years, and is considered the August birthstone.

Specimens from the Kaghan Valley of Pakistan are highly sought after by collectors for their color, quality, and in some cases their inclusions. These peridot crystals are often found in association with magnetite and calcite, and will occasionally contain ludwigite inclusions.

Many gem-quality specimens were originally in basalt nodules in the Earth's mantle, and were fragmented and brought to the surface by volcanic activity.
Forsterite var. Peridot
Kaghan Valley, Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
.6 x .57"