Strong Rain of Green Gemstones Found in Volcanic Rocks at the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

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Olivine Found in Volcanic Rocks at the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

When we see some reports about volcanic eruption happening in some part of the world, it makes us imagine of the destruction, as well as the rubble which is going to be scattered all over the place after the disaster. But, what will happen when the volcanic eruption has something precious to give us?

Kilauea eruption

Well, this can be a mysterious case where the explosion of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is reported to have rained tiny green gems, which are otherwise known as Olivine, onto the streets and beaches of the island.

Those green gemstones are found in volcanic rocks, as well as in the landscape around Hawaii.


According to some sources, they have always been there. However, they have also been ejected by the recent eruptions which have been occurring over the past few days and, as a result of that, they are coming shooting down on the residents.

Some of the residents even collected these gemstones from beaches and streets, once when the eruption sprouts them around.

What is Olivine?

It is a green-colored mineral that, in its magnesium-rich form, which is known as a Peridot. People used  Peridot gemstone for centuries for making jewels, and in some cases, these gemstones can even be worth $450 per carat.

According to some science experts, as the volcano erupts, it blasts apart molten lava, and this separates the green olivine minerals from the rest of the melt. The result is the formation of tiny green gemstones.

In fact, olivine is considered to be one of the most common minerals below the surface of the planet Earth. Even though it is a common mineral, it can be hard to find it separated from its parent rock. It is even more difficult to obtain it in gemstone quality.

So, those people that think that heading to Hawaii to collect these gemstones is worth the trip should also know the fact that collecting buckets of these lovely green pebbles is probably not going to increase their bank balance a lot, as it is not exactly an expensive gem until they hit the jackpot.

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