Left pic is one of the first faceted meteoric peridot gems that I cut; it weighs approx .53 carat. Center is Rick and Steve Arnold with a large 246 pound pallasite. Steve found it, I enjoyed the pleasure of helping to dig it up. Being one of the first to see this treasure that had been traveling around our solar system for billions of years, before crashing into our tiny blue planet, was an indescribable feeling. A day to remember! At right is the pallasite meteorite after being cleaned up some. The pockets of green are where some of the peridot crystals are on the surface. Click on picture to enlarge.
Here are some things you should know about meteoric peridot faceted and cabochon gems:
Extraterrestrial peridot contains some elements and an inclusion that GIA identifies to distinguish and certify it from the peridot found on earth. In some gems the inclusion is very slight and thus difficult to see without 10X magnification. In other stones it is so abundant that it gives the gem a chatoyancy or cat's-eye effect. That is the phenomenom that I found in 2006 and I cut the first known cat's-eye extraterrestrial gem. As the one who actually cuts the gems, I make the judgment as to whether a stone should be faceted or cut into a cat's-eye, largely based on this inclusion. Naturally this also effects clarity and meteoric peridot is a GIA type III gem. That means that it is usually included and contains flaws and is NOT downgraded because of that. Generally I have found that most stones don't have enough of the inclusions to make a good eye, and so are faceted; that fact makes the cat's-eye gems even rarer!
No matter whether meteoric or earthly in origin, peridot has a brittle character. It demands respect and TLC. While it is a suitable gem at 6.5 hardness and not overly heat sensitive, it's brittle nature needs to be recognized. Extraterrestrial peridot is so rare that it cannot easily be replaced. For the fortunate few who will own a true gem from heaven, we recommend that it should be worn only on special occasions, and be mounted in a protective mounting.
GIA CERTIFIED GEMS
The gems listed BELOW are all delivered with their own GIA Laboratory Report. What is GIA? GIA stands for the Gemological Institute of America. The organization is THE authority for educational, grading and analysis. A GIA certificate is recognized throughout the world by jewelers, dealers, artists, appraisers, insurance companies and professionals in the trade, and by everyone seeking concrete authenticity, based on professional laboratory analysis and grading, as proof of gemological information and facts. Our meteoric peridot GIA laboratory reports state the weight, measurements, species, cut, color, with a conclusion that the gem is “Pallasitic Peridot that is extraterrestrial in origin and comes from a type of stony-iron meteorite known as pallasite”. Therefore, in addition to our own cert, our customers have independent verification of extraterrestrial origin. A GIA laboratory grading report is a laminated document that is a valuable asset for any gem and conclusively establishes the important provenance of the gem.
Gems are also available that are not GIA certified in order to keep costs down. See "Inventory"below. NOTE: Every ET peridot gem comes with Stinson's Certificate of Authenticity. When you buy from Stinson's, you are buying from the artist who actually recovers the crystals from the solid nickel-iron meteorite and then ALSO cuts the largest crystals into the gems listed here. No one else that we know of, controls both the recovery and the creation and thus the quality! We strive to offer the very finest meteorite gems. In addition, Linda is a GIA Graduate Gemologist which is the highest title that GIA offers. She controls our standards in grading and certification, as well as helping our customers select the perfect gems for their project and budget. The certificates we provide, are the solid foundation that establishes the important provenance, not only for the original creation of the gem, but also the concrete proof of authenticity. Your satisfaction is of paramount importance to us and is 100% guaranteed. If you are not completely satisfied then we want it back!! Examine and return any gem in 10 days after receipt, for a full refund, absolutely no questions asked. Gem(s) must be returned undamaged and in the same condition as when sent. If you have questions please email:
All ET peridot gems are sent FREE priority shipping in the USA. Overnight shipping is available for an additional charge. Overseas orders: inquire for shipping quote. We do NOT ship to SOME foreign countries, so you must inquire before paying anything! Rates change often, and we do our best to charge actual shipping. Customer is responsible for any customs fees, taxes, etc.
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GIA Certified ET Peridot Gems. Updated February 11, 2016
Just listed! Big .45 carat gem! Beautiful full pear shape with great proportions. Deep green/yellow.
It measures 5.95 x 4.52 x 3.09 mm and weights 0.45 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF1013-1   $1985
"Cut Corner Triangle "
This brilliant cut corner gem is an outstanding! Very clean and brilliant throughout.
It measures 3.43 x 3.87 x 2.23 mm and weights 0.18 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF0913-1   $658
"Cat's-eye cabochon "
This excellent cat's-eye is even more rare than the faceted stones. This one is Semi-transparent.
It measures 4.16 x 3.48 x 1.95 mm and weights 0.23 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEC 0813-1   $1150
"Emerald cut "
This emerald is brilliant and a very clean gem with nice proportions and color.
It measures 3.92 x 3.12 x 2.29 mm and weights 0.22 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF1013-10   $805
" Oval Brilliant "
Beautiful long oval shape with typical color for these outerspace gems.Weight .28 carat;
measurements 4.99 x 3.63 x 2.53 mm
A GIA certified gem!
No PEF1013-12   $XXX SOLD
This shield shape is cut with unique concave facets making it truly one-of-a-kind in this heavenly gem.
A big and Very brilliant half carat + gem.
It measures 5.78 x 5.24 x 3.06mm and weights 0.54 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF1013-19   $ SOLD
This extremely brilliant triangular cut gem is outstanding! Exceptionally clean and brilliant throughout.
It stands on it's own!
It measures 3.46 x 3.59 x 2.38 mm and weights 0.18 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF0913-3   $658
Outstanding clarity and as with most triangular cuts it is very brilliant!
It measures 3.49 x 3.43 x 2.45 mm and weights 0.18 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF0913-31   $658
Very bright gem, slight inclusions light green/yellow.
It measures 4.32 x 2.80 x 1.92 mm and weights 0.20 carat. A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF0913-8   $745
Beautiful brilliant gem with good color. Weight is .31 carats. Measurements 5.31 x 3.70 x 2.71 mm A GIA certified gem!
No. PEF1013-8   $SOLD
"Regal Square Brilliant "
One of the larger and among the finest ET gems I've cut. Exceptional brilliance and top green color with gold flashes.
It measures approx 5.52 x 5.63 x 5.41 mm. Most ET gems are considered large if they are over 1/3 carat. This one weights in at approx 1.34 carats, making it exceptionally rare!
A GIA Certified Gem!
No. PEF0613-43   This one's priced mid fives for conoisseurs with ample means.
" Meteorite Pendant" with A GIA certified gem!
A treasure for a special someone, this gem is big and produces a fountain of sparkles as the gem is tilted. Meteorite peridot gems this size and clarity are extraordinary! A recent GIA article in the Fall 2011 issue of Gems & Gemology, Vol XLVII, noted that these rare meteorite peridot gems "...usually weigh less than half a carat." PP. 208. This heavenly crystal's journey to earth started somewhere around 4 to 5 BILLION years ago! There will NEVER be another one like it! It weighs just under one carat at 0.96 carat! It is approx 6.89 x 4.72 x 3.96 mm.
This gem is mounted in a one-of-a-kind pendant. This pendant is fabricated using a Gibeon meteorite from Namibia, that is etched to show the "Widmanstatten" pattern of nickel/iron crystals -- proof of space origin! Click on picture to show enlarged photo. The ET peridot gem is mounted in 14 karat gold. The 14 karat gold bail is set with 5 round diamonds.
No PEF109118 Pendant Price $9250
" Brilliant Oval Cut"
Measurements are approx 4.74 x 3.43 x 2.50 mm. Nice color and light return. Weight is just over a quarter carat at 27 points.
Distinct flaws are noticible under 10 power magnification, but needs orientation to be visible.
A GIA certified gem!
No PEF1111-14   $675
" Meteorite "Orion" Pendant"
Measuring approx 38 mm in diameter this pendant was recently on exhibition in the "Gems From Out Of This World" show at the Carnegie Museum's Wertz Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. The Constellation Orion is set with 7 extraterrestrial peridot faceted gems totaling approx one carat and set in 14 karat gold. The Meteorite disk is fabricated from a Gibeon meteorite that has been etched to show the "Widmanstatten" pattern -- proof of meteoric origin. The exhibiton has closed and this piece is now available. Price $6500.
" Cat's-Eye Cabochon "
ET peridot with great chatoyancy! Weight 0.27 carat. This is a baroque cat's-eye cab that measures approx 3.5 mm. These chatoyant gems are even more rare than the faceted gems; good chatoyancy happens when the crystal contains inclusions (acicular needles in this case) that are parallel to each other and there are enough of them to reflect light.
No PEC1111 4   $XXXX SOLD
"Extraterrestrial Peridot Small Rough "
Inventory close out! This gravel was recovered from our extraction process to remove the gem peridot from the solid nickel/iron meteorite matrix. This is coarse grade "mine-run" material, from the same source meteorites we use to cut our larger gems; some pieces may be suitable to cut very small cabochons. These can also be used for inlay jewelry, beads, and many other jewelry or craft ideas/projects. We did not high-grade this size and there are occasionally pieces that might cut a chatoyant cat's-eye cabochon. Each bag contains approx 50 carats. Supply is limited! Photo shows typical contents of one bag.
Order No.ET-Rough   Price $129/bag. Price includes free shipping and insurance in the USA.
"Round Brilliant "
This round brilliant half carat is resting on a carved quartz flower.
Flower carving is available, gem is in a private collection.
" All Triangles Cut "
This trilliant cut is very brilliant and lively. It is an extremely clean gem.
It measures approx. 3.67 x approx 3.55 mm deep,approx .53 ct
"Peridot cat's-eye cabochon"
This is one of several nice cat's-eye gems that I have cut. Weight on this one is .36 ct
NEW! Odessa Meteorite
Own a slice of the Odessa, Texas meteorite. Etched Slices.
Just listed! Etched on one side.
It measures 43.36 x 23.36 x 25.28 mm depth and weighs 91 grams
No. MIO-1 Price $202.50
We're showing some Stinson's and also our customer's jewelry incorporating ET peridot. Click on this PDF file to see the new creations.
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