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The Sinkankas Symposium has been described as the most important gemological conference in North America.  Organized by Roger Merk, the annual one-day event features presentations by specialists who address a variety of topics related to a different gem mineral each year.  A book produced for each year’s gem theme features articles that cover diverse topics, including the gem’s history,  crystallography and mineralogy, inclusions and gemological research, causes of color, geology and gem localities, a photo gallery of collector specimens, and literary references.

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Twelfth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Peridot and uncommon green gem minerals


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   2

Program   3

Program Abstracts   4

Speaker and Author Biographies   8

Papers –

Dr. William "Skip" Simmons, Mineralogy and crystallography of olivine  12

Dr. James A. Harrell, Discovery of the Red Sea source of Topazos (ancient gem peridot) on Zabargad Island, Egypt  16

Lisbet Thoresen and Dr. James A. Harrell, Archaeogemology of peridot  31

Dr. François Farges, The gem peridots of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris: An historical overview  52 

Map: Worldwide peridot localities  66

Dr. James E. Shigley, Geology of olivine and peridot localities  68

Si Frazier and Ann Frazier, Going to the source: Kashmir peridot  72

Pir Dost, Peridot from Supat, the land of mountains  80

Dr. George E. Harlow and Kyaw Thu, Peridot from Pyaung-gaung, Mogok Tract, Myanmar: Similarities to Sapat and Zabargad deposits  82

Robert E. Kane, The making of a suite of peridot jewelry  96

Si Frazier and Ann Frazier, Out of this world gems  111

Dr. James E. Shigley, Selected bibliography:  Olivine  120

Green with envy:  Peridots and green minerals from the Collection of William F. Larson  128



Title: Twelfth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Peridot and Uncommon Green Gem Minerals

Edited by: Lisbet Thoresen 

Publisher: Pala International, Inc. (April 5, 2014)

Pala International, Inc.

912 Live Oak Park Rd S

Fallbrook, CA 92028  USA



Publication date: 4/5/2014

Correspondence: Roger Merk, merksjade@cox.net or Lisbet Thoresen, info@sinkankassymposium.net 


Cost: USD45.00 + S/H + sales tax (where applicable; shipping cost varies based on destination)

Dimensions: 8.25" x 10.75"

Soft cover:  147 pp., 172 color photographs, maps and illustrations

Binding: perfect bound

Weight: 1 lbs
Language: English

ISBN-10: 0991532015

ISBN-13: 978-0-9915320-1-8



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