Vibrant green Peridot is known as the stone of compassion.  That's because green is the color of the heart chakra. Peridot is a birthstone for the month of August.

The bright yellow/green gem was formed under extreme conditions, either deep within the Earth's mantle, expelled via hard lava or in meteorites that crashed into our planet.  It can be found in may countries around the globe, even in Hawaii which has amazing green sand beaches.  The green sand is actually oviline sand, the same mineral as Peridot.

On the Mohs scale for gem hardness, Peridot registers 6.5 - 7, making it suitable for everyday jewelry, but we would not recommend gardening or doing construction with it on your finger.