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.
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The gems listed BELOW are all delivered with the GIA certificate.
More gems are also available that are NOT GIA certified. We do not get GIA certs on some smaller gems in order to keep costs down, as certificates are expensive!!
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 these 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. The important certificates we provide, are the provenance's foundation that establishes not only the original creation of the gem, but also the authentication of your treasured heirloom. 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.
NEW page 2 list as of March 3 rd are gems that have not been GIA certified in order to keep costs down. All ET gems come with Stinson's COA. click here: Page 2 GEMS