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Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine.

Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, and iron is the cause of its attractive yellowish green colors. The gem often occurs in volcanic rocks called basalts, which are rich in these two elements.

The color range for peridot is narrow, from a brown-green color to yellowish green to pure green. Yellowish green is the most common peridot color seen in jewelry.

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While the 64.57-carat cut peridot is magnificent, it is overshadowed by the amazing 7.9-cm tall crystal. Both are from Sappat, Kohistan, Pakistan.- Jeffrey Scovil

(information and Photo courtesy of GIA)



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