Kilauea volcano eruptions are raining green gems on Hawaii's Big Island as spurts of lava and ash continue into their fifth week

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The eruptions of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have rained tiny green gems known as olivines onto the island's streets and beaches.

The minerals are found in volcanic rocks and land around Hawaii.

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They have always been there but have been dislodged by the recent eruptions and are coming shooting down on resident as a result.

Some have collected the minerals from beaches and streets since they were spurted out and say it is proof of the wonders of nature.

Olivine - Mineral - Magnesium - Form - Peridot

Olivine is a green mineral which, in its magnesium rich form, is known as Peridot.

Peridot has been used for centuries to make jewellery and, in some cases, can be worth as much as $450 per carat.

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This week, locals shared photographs of the small olivines on social media after collecting them.

They called them 'Kilauea's little gems' and said: 'It's literally raining gems!'

Cheryl - Gansecki - Geologist - University - Hawaii-Hilo

Cheryl Gansecki, a geologist at the University of Hawaii-Hilo that studies the composition of Kilauea's lava, told Mashable that there were two reasons the gems were being discovered more frequently because of the eruptions.

'The lava that is erupting now is very crystal-rich and it is quite possible that residents might be finding olivine.

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'It can be carried in the pumice [rapidly cooled lava] pieces that have been rained all over the area or left behind when weaker lava rocks are crushed,' she said.

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