Peridot has a long and storied history. The Egyptians called the peridot the "gem of the sun," and some believed it protected its wearer from the terrors of the night. The ancient Romans believed peridot offered protection from depression and deception and during the Middle Ages it was said to bring the wearer inspiration and eloquence in speaking. Even today, peridot is also believed to ensure good thoughts in the mind of the wearer.


Peridot ranges from a soft, pale green to deep olive green.

Gem Family

Peridot is a gem variety of olivine.


Peridot rates 6.5‐7.0 on the Mohs scale and is a good choice for everyday wear.


Peridot is generally not treated.


Peridot is the traditional birthstone for August.


Like most gemstones, peridot should be stored separately to keep from scratching or being scratched. Store them in a lined box or a soft pouch. Avoid steam or ultrasonic cleaners, and keep your peridot sparkling by cleaning it under warm running water with a mild soap. Dry with a soft, lint‐free cloth.