Peridot is the birthstone of August and the gem of 16th wedding anniversaries. This yellowish-green stone has been of value since ancient times and forms from lava, meteorites and within the Earth's mantle. The Egyptians named it the gem of the sun and mined peridot 3,500 years ago on a volcanic island in the Red Sea.
The best-coloured peridots are pure grass green, but these are quite rare as peridots typically have yellow hues. It has a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale indicating it is a softer stone, making it unsuitable for an engagement ring, or any ring to be worn every day. Utopian Creation's peridot is sourced typically from Mortlake, Victoria and Chudleigh Park, Queensland.
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