GIA Gems & Gemology, Winter 2021, Vol. 57, No. 4
Gemological Characterization of Peridot from Pyaung-Gaung in Mogok, Myanmar
By Montira Seneewong-Na-Ayutthaya, Wassana Tasnara Sripoonjan
2022, Feb 14
Figure 1. Left: Five faceted peridot samples from the Pyaung-Gaung mine in Mogok, Myanmar, weighing 5.18–7.52 ct, were examined in this study. Right: This 15.0 × 16.9 × 6.5 mm rough crystal showing a rhombus-shaped tabular habit and rounded faces, with minor white carbonate and talc, is also from the Pyaung-Gaung mine. Photos by T. Sripoonjan.
The Pyaung-Gaung area in the Mogok township of Myanmar is one of the essential sources of high-quality peridot for the international gem trade. Pyaung-Gaung peridot possesses an attractive deep olive green color and can be found in large sizes (>10 ct) in the market. It has long been mined from ultramafic rocks, largely dunite, at a primary deposit near Bernard-Myo. Internal features consist mainly of circular decrepitation halos (“lily pads”), fluid inclusions, and fiber tufts. Common mineral inclusions are dark biotite-phlogopite and chromite, sometimes coexisting with serpentine, magnesite, chlorite, and talc. Pyaung-Gaung peridot also contains olivine inclusions not previously found in peridot from other locations. 2D and 3D cross-plots of the trace element contents of Cr, V, Co, Sc, Ni, and Ti provide helpful separations among Burmese, Chinese, and Pakistani localities.
1. The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), Bangkok, 10500 Thailand
2. G-ID Laboratories, Bangkok, 10120 Thailand