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What is Peridot?

Peridot is a beautiful yellowish green gemstone and its name may be derived from the Arabic ‘Faridat’ meaning ‘gem’. Peridot is slightly soft at Mohs' hardness of 6. Peridot is the transparent gem variety of the olivine group of minerals. The mineral olivine is also named for its olive-green colour.

Peridot is a gemstone known since antiquity having been mined for over 3,500 years.


Peridot is one of the birthstones for August, and also a 16th Wedding Anniversary stone. For a long time, it was believed that peridot would prevent madness and give wisdom. In legend, peridot would protect you from evil spirits if worn.

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