The Gems of Hawaii and Florida

By Anne Cyr
From page 6 of the December, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


Though gems are found throughout the world, there are two states that have relatively few precious metals or gems to be found, Hawaii and Florida.
Hawaii is the site of two of the world’s largest volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea.
Gem minerals are scarce under these extreme conditions, but what gem minerals exist here are incredible.
On Halemaumau on Kilauea, the element obsidian, also known as lava droplets called “Pele’s Tears,” can be found.
Peridot is also a gem found under these volcanic conditions. It is found in the lava and has also been discovered in a meteor that fell in 1749 in eastern Siberia in the district of Jenissejsk.
Peridot is a forsteritic olivine found in only one color, green.
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