Peridot is also a thoroughly modern gemstone, as only two decades ago peridot deposits were discovered in the Kashmir region. Stones from those deposits showed an incomparably fascinating color and transparency and succeeded in enhancing the image of this beautiful gemstone which had faded over the millennia.
Peridot became the sensation of the 1990′s at gemstone fairs around the world. The sensationally rich Kashmir deposits were found in an inhospitable region of Pakistan, at some 4000 meters of altitude, tough climatic conditions permitted mining operations during the summer months only.
To emphasize the special quality of peridots from Pakistan, these fine gems are referred to as ‘Kashmir peridots’, following the famous Kashmir sapphires.