Pallasite Meteorite

Peridot: the Evening Stone

Peridot is actually gem quality variety of the forsteritic olivine. The name of this semi-precious stone is believed to have been derived from the Arabic word ‘faridat’ which means "gem" or from the French word ‘peritot’ which means "unclear." Peridot is just one of the very few gemstones which is available in only one color.

With this gemstone, the depth of green basically depends on the amount of which is contained in its crystal structure. This varies from a yellow-green hue to an olive shade to a brownish green hue. It is also often known as the "poor man's emerald". Now, olivine, where peridot is derived, is a actually a very abundant mineral; however, gem-quality peridot is quite rare. Peridot crystals were collected from several Pallasite meteorites.

It is a volcanic gemstone and has a hardness of 6.5 with a luster that is vitreous to oily. It is the birthstone of people who were born in the month of August. It has many holistic properties including the ability to help in the stimulation of personal awareness and growth. It is also believed to have the power of protecting the wearer from cynicism and assistance in garnering assertiveness.

In folklore, Romans were said to have prescribed administering medicines in goblets that have been made with Peridot. They believed that doing so actually strengthens the remedy. The peridot was also referred to as the ‘evening stone’ because the color of the semi-precious stone does not fade during nighttime or under lamplight.

This stone can be mined in Brazil, Burma, the USA, St. John’s Island, South Africa, Norway and China.

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I think I found a meteorite?

I found this black rock that is shiny black in some spots and like a rusty black color on the rest of it. It seems alittle heavier then a rock of the same size. It also has little yellow translucent like crystals in it in a few spots and a magnet does stick to it in some spots. Was wondering if it could be a pallasite meteorite? Thanks!!! It's about half the size of a baseball.

Your description sounds much more likely to be a nodule of pyrite or marcasite. The outer skin consists of a mixture of iron oxides caused by weathering. If you break it open you will find pale yellow crystals radiating from the center, when freshly broken they often have a rather sulphur (UK spelling) like smell. They are very common in chalk and soft limestone deposits. Where I lived as a child they were turned up from the soil all the time and were known as thunderbolts or fairy cannon balls. We used to collect the smaller ones as they made great slingshot ammunition.
Having said all that it is still worth letting an expert have a look just in case it is a meteorite and there being no picture with your question it is not possible to be certain. Hope that helps a little.

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