0.97 ct. Pallasite Peridot with Iridescent Needlesa
Color: Medium Dark Slightly Yellowish-Green
Clarity: Eye Clean
Origin: Jepara Meteorite, Indonesia
Cut: Cushion Brilliant
Measurements: 7.2 x 4.5 mm
These are remarkable stones to say the least. 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. A one carat stone is extremely large and it is at that benchmark that the price naturally increases dramatically. That said, you get the best of both world’s with this stone - just shy of a carat, it has all the size and presence of a stone of that weight without a huge price jump.
So having established the rarity of faceted pallasite Olivine, let us talk about the Jepara meteorite and its special qualities. Found in 2008 as a single, 500 kg piece, this pallasite had some of the best preserved Olivine crystals ever found - capable of producing gems that were much larger than the norm - in some cases upwards of 2 carats. What is even more, a very few Jepara stones have a strange and fascinating feature - a series of small acicular inclusions that are capable of an exceptional iridescent flash. The percentage of these that have enough needles - and in the correct orientation - is infinitesimal; maybe a dozen stones have been seen. As a superb and dazzling treat, this gem has a lovely corner full of these colorful needles. Take a look at the photos and you can simply cannot help but be impressed. It is a very dramatic, and quite celestial, phenomenon. At the risk of being overly dramatic, it is somewhat reminiscent of time-lapse star trail photography.
Simply an outstanding piece with one of the very rarest phenomena observable in a gem material. The stone is otherwise flawless, with a precision cut and is exceptionally bright. A GIT lab cert stating the gem is pallasite Olivine accompanies the piece. A special stone.