Peridot is the August birthstone and one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive-green. While olivine is an abundant mineral, gem-quality Peridot is quite rare because it is chemically unstable on the Earth’s surface. It is mined in Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania to list a few. Peridot has been valued for thousands of years as a high-vibrational Heart Chakra semi-precious gemstone that is especially helpful for those undergoing stressful emotional situations. It is a powerful cleanser as it neutralizes toxins on all levels, releasing "old baggage" and alleviating jealousy, resentment, spitefulness and anger. It enhances confidence and self assertion without aggression. It shows you how to forgive yourself in order to move on.