Peridot is the birthstone of August, but many don’t know the variety of greens it can come in! The most common color is olive green but can vary with tints of green or brown and even mint. The highest sought-after are the vibrant pure green, or rich grass-green.
Peridot has been popular throughout history and in ancient times, it was mined on a small island off the coast of Egypt, at the time, mistakenly identified as emerald.
With a Mohs hardness of 6.5 to 7, it puts Peridot on the softer side. Not ideal for everyday wear as it can pick up minute scratches that could cloud its overall light return. We generally recommend gems that are 8 or above on the Mohs scale if you plan to wear them daily.
Here at Stag & Finch, we recommend a green lab sapphire in place of a Peridot for an everyday birthstone ring. Lab sapphires are both harder and more durable than Peridot while also being more brilliant. And to make them even more accessible, we’ll be featuring our mint and dark green lab sapphires in our month-long August sale!