Famous Historical Peridots


The largest known faceted peridot weighing 310cts, is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The collections of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Chicago Museum of Natural History include beautiful examples of peridot. Many peridots were taken to Europe by crusaders returning from the East and kept in cathedrals. Especially fine specimens are in the Cathedral in Cologne.

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