Forsterite (Var: Peridot)
Sapat Gali (Soppat; Suppat; Sumpat), Manshera, Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 6.5 x 5.7 cm
Peridot is not known to form superb quality crystals from many worldwide localities, despite the fact that is a very well known gem mineral. It was not very long ago that Pakistan began to produce some of the finest quality gem Peridot crystals extant. This specimen is certainly one of the largest complete Peridot crystals that I have encountered from Pakistan. The crystal has superb textbook "chisel" or "wedge"-shaped form with rather sharp faces. The color is a gorgeous lime green and the crystal absolutely glows when backlit. Ex. Joseph Freilich and Richard A. Kosnar Collections.