Chrysolite - transparent golden-green noble mineral. The name came from the Greek words "hrisos" - gold and "lithos" - stone. Sometimes it has a herbal, olive or brown shade. It is also called peridot.

Chrysolite is transparent golden-green noble mineral

Fig. 1. Chrysolite faceted, 10 carats.

Hardness of chrysolite varies in different directions (6,5- 7). This hinders the jewelry processing, because not all crystal faces perceive polishing equally well. The most valuable are relatively soft stones, so chrysolite is not recommended to be worn in rings, as it can be scratched. In this regard, jewelers use chrysolite in other products - brooches, earrings, pendants.

Chrysolite is known since ancient times and is used as jewelry for many centuries

Fig. 2. Chrysolite, 192,6 carats.

Chrysolite is known since ancient times and is used as jewelry for many centuries. Perfectly faceted chrysolites adorned women of Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India. Strangely enough, he was not always loved by man, despite the fact that he has a fascinating color and gloss. In the literature there is information that in the world market chrysolite became especially popular only very recently - he fell in love with the Parisian women of fashion in the early sixties of the 19th century. And these stones were mined much earlier, two or three centuries before the outbreak of fashion for them. However, the French women did not abuse them, remembering that everything is fine in moderation. On this occasion the French even had a saying: "gui a deux oleux olivin en a un de trop" who has two olivine, then one of them is superfluous.