The fact of the matter is that fine quality peridot was the only thing of value that Zabarad has ever
produced. Especially valuable were the quality and unusually large sizes of peridot rough crystals found from Peridot Hill,
Zabarad's highest point, 235 meters above sea level.
The mining of peridot on Zabarad has ceased since World War II, so I am given to understand.
Perhaps there are still fine peridot crystals to be found on the island. We will know someday only when world events allow.
In the meantime you can view an outstanding example of a peridot crystal from Peridot Hill, Zabarad in the Gebruder Bank
Private Collection held by the Gemological Institute of America at its headquarters in Carlsbad, California. This fine green
crystal weighs 346.45 carats.
As to faceted peridot gemstones, the most magnificent examples have found their way into the cathedrals
of Europe, probably by looting or trade during the time of the Crusades. Most of these peridots are called "emeralds." The
most notable of these gems can be found in the Treasury of the Three Magi in the Great Dom at Cologne.
Return to "Peridot, August's Birthstone."