0.25 ct. Pallasite Meteorite Peridot

Color:  Medium Green-Yellow Clarity:  Slightly Included
Origin:  Admire Meteorite, Lyon Co., Kansas Cut:  Round Cabochon
Treatments:  None Measurements:  3.8 mm

Stony-iron meteorites (pallasites) are sometimes peppered with pockets of the mineral Olivine - the species that gives us gem Peridot here on earth.  You may have seen that these are sometimes sliced and backlight to dramatic effect for display.  As you may suspect, the olivine crystals have endured an incredible strain, from their origin in space to the enormous heat and pressure of their fall the earth.  Only on exceptional occasions are there any intact, unfractured gemmy areas that can actually be faceted. 

We were able to acquire a few pieces of rough from the Admire pallasite, one of the best documented falls for finding gemmy crystals of Olivine.  Rather than facet all of these, we thought it may be interesting to do an example as a popular high-dome cabochon.  The stone turned out great and we couldn't be happier; the cab look not only has a more 'natural' appearance it makes for an opportunity to acquire one of these great rarities at less-than-faceted prices.  The profile shot below allows you to see the nice height of the stone.  Largely clean, the gem has just a few of the diagnostic Pallasite 'platelet' like inclusions. 

$295 total