Peridot, the gemstone variety of the mineral olivine, is a magnesium iron silicate mineral with a Mohs hardness of 7. It is the birthstone for August and has been mined and used in jewelry for thousands of years. In fact, Peridot beads were made by Egyptians as early as 1580 BC. In ancient times Peridot was considered a symbol of the sun and protected the wearer from evil spirits. In present times this stone is believed to remove blockages from receiving and help the wearer have the courage to act out the heart's desires. Peridot has been valued for thousands of years as a semi-precious healing stone. It comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens. It is a high-vibrational Heart Chakra crystal that carries a positive energy, especially helpful for those undergoing traumatic emotional situations. It is the stone for Archangel Raphael and rules the realm of Angelic Virtues. Peridot has the ability to bring out unconditional love, happiness and light and is also believed to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. In Hawaii, it is believed that Peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Today, most of the Peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.